Save on Water and Water Heating Costs at
the Same Time
Water heating is usually the home's third
largest energy expense. So, saving heated water lowers energy and water
use...you save twice!
- Repair dripping faucets right away.
Leaking faucets can waste gallons of hot water in a very short time.
- Install aerating, low-flow faucets and
showerheads. You'll actually use less water without noticing much
- Insulate your hot water tank and pipes
for added savings.
- Check the manufacturer's guide for your
dishwasher to see the recommended temperature for your hot water. Many
water heaters are preset to 140 degrees. You may be able to lower the
water heater temperature to 115 to 120 degrees and save energy.
- Wash only full loads in your dishwasher.
Let the dishes air dry. Avoid using the "rinse and hold" feature for
just a few dishes as it uses three to seven gallons of hot water each
time you use it.
- Launder only full loads in your washing
machine, and use cooler water whenever possible. This can cut the energy
use almost in half for each load using cool water. About 80-85% of the
energy used to launder clothes is from heating the water.
- Investigate the energy saving appliances
on the market today. A few manufacturers make a washing machine that
empties the rinse cycle's water into a laundry tub where it can be
saved. The washing machine pulls that rinse water back into the machine
to wash the next load of laundry. This is an excellent way to save water
heating energy and water. Buying an energy efficient water heater or
washing machine, may cost more initially than a standard appliance, but
the energy savings will continue during the lifetime of the appliance.
Look for the Energy Star label.