Save Energy: Water Heater Efficiency Tips

water heaterHaving hot water is a modern convenience that most people don’t even think about. Lucky for us, when we turn the shower knob on, a relaxing, hot shower is in the near future! But did you know that water heating is one of your home’s top expenses? According to the Department of Energy, water heating typically accounts for 18 percent of electricity consumed in a typical home.

You can easily reduce your water heating expenses by following these simple steps:

  • Reduce your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees. Every 10-degree reduction can save up to 5 percent on your overall water heating costs. Other benefits of lowering your water heater thermostat include increasing the longevity of your water heater, eliminating the risk of scalding water, and slowing the mineral buildup and corrosion in your water heater and pipes.
  • Before adjusting your water heater’s thermostat, cut off the power at its breaker. If you are unsure how to do this, consider hiring a professional to show you how to safely change your water heater’s temperature.
  • When it’s time to get in the shower, get the temperature how you like it, and jump in! Don’t run hot water excessively. Shortening your shower by just a few minutes can save hundreds of gallons of hot water each month.
  • Wash clothes with cold water instead of hot, unless totally necessary. You can save up to 40 cents per load using cold water.
  • Insulate your hot water pipes and water heater. This helps reduce losses as the hot water is flowing to your faucet. By insulating your hot water pipes, water will arrive at the faucet 2 to 4 degrees warmer. This means you won’t have to wait as long for the water to heat up, thus saving water and money. Also, check your hot water pipes for leaks that can increase electricity costs as well.

Union Power’s promise is to provide exceptional service to its members. That includes looking out for you by helping you save on your monthly electric bill…that’s the Cooperative difference!