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How to Save Money on Hot Water Costs




Did you know that 23% of your energy bill goes to heating water alone? Making this process more efficient, or reducing the amount of hot water you use can make a serious dent in your monthly energy bills.

Here are a few tips that will help you do just that. Some of them don’t even require big changes, just a little bit of extra effort. Let’s look closer.


Take Shorter Showers

Daily showing accounts for approximately 20-30% of a household’s water usage, so this is a good place to start. Stick to showers for bathing. Unless you take a ridiculously long shower, a shower requires less water than a bath, especially if you have one of those comfy, huge tubs for soaking.

Save the relaxing bath for when you really need it and do a quick shower the rest of the time.


Install a Low-Flow Shower Head

Back in the day showerheads blasted out water at a wasteful 19-30 litres per minute. In other words, you could blast through 95-151 litres of water for a 5-minute shower. Thankfully, now showerheads have to adhere to 9 litres per minute or less.

You can take things up a notch by installing a low-flow showerhead that disperses even less water. Modern low-flow showerheads still offer a great shower (good water pressure) but can help you reduce water usage by up to 40%.


Turn the Water Off

This might seem simple, but how many of us leave the water on while shaving, brushing our teeth, or performing other similar tasks? It’s an extra step to keep turning the water on and off, but think of all the money you’ll be saving!


Turn Down the Thermostat

Looking for a tip that won’t require you to change your habits? This one’s for you!

Simply turn down the thermostat on your hot water tank. For every 10 degrees that you bring the temperature down, you can enjoy a 3-5% savings on your energy bill. A good benchmark is about 50 degrees. However, if you bring it down this far, consider a booster for the dishwasher to bring it up to the recommended 65-70 degrees for proper sanitation.

The best part of it all? You can just set it and forget it!


Install a New System for Hot Water

Different hot water systems have different levels of efficiency. If your hot water system is older, chances are you could benefit from bringing it up to date with a newer, more efficient model.

This is especially true if your system breaks down or is developing a history of breaking down. Even if it’s just small stuff, the bill adds up over time so a new system will save you money in more ways than one.


Cha-ching! Saving Money Is Your Thing!

It’s such a drag to pay utility bills every month. However, with these tips, you can feel empowered to help bring down your utility bills and keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket.

 

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