There aren’t many things that people universally agree on, but it’s probably safe to say that saving money is something the majority would be on board with! During the cold months of winter, our heating bills tend to skyrocket; in particular, the water heating bill. The truth is, many households unknowingly waste a lot of water and money, not just through the winter months, but all year round. You might be thinking, “Well, maybe so, but how can we not?” Check out the following tips and find out how the little things make a big difference!
Take shorter showers
We’ve all been guilty of spending a longer amount of time in the shower than we should. This is especially true when the temperatures outside are freezing. When you’re tempted to linger for “just 2 more minutes!”, remember that every minute in the shower is a minute of water you’re paying to heat.
Lower the temperature on your water heater
Although many units can go up to 140 degrees, The Federal Department of Energy recommends keeping the temperature at 120 degrees. For every 10 degree reduction, you can save 3%-5% on your water heating costs. Remember, always call in a trained technician whenever you decide to work on your water heater.
Don’t let your water run
When you brush your teeth, do you keep the faucet on? While you’re washing dishes, do you have the tendency to get distracted, walk away, and leave the faucet on? Make it a point not to do these things. It adds up to a lot of wasted water.
Be smart about your dishwasher and washing machine usage
In both cases, wash only full loads. For dishes, choose shorter wash cycles. For clothes, use cold water most of the time and only cold water during the rinse cycle.
Insulate your water heater
Preserve your water heater’s warmth by insulating the tank. This will prevent the water from cooling down and forcing the unit to do double the work.
Consider replacing your water heater
When it comes down to it, if your water heater is getting old or isn’t performing at the quality it should be, it would be effective to replace it. This will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. At Air Group, we have an array of high-efficiency models for you to choose from.
If you have any questions or inquires about water heaters, contact Air Group at 1-800-545-1020 and speak to a representative to see how we can help you! You may also submit online for your free estimate by clicking this link here!