Posted: May 30, 2017 You use about 60 gallons of hot water every day to wash your clothes, your dishes, and yourself – so it shouldn’t be any surprise that water heating can account for anywhere from one-quarter to one-third of your monthly energy bill. If you want to cut your water heating bills, there are four ways to do it:
Use less hot water – The hot water you use adds up quickly – here’s how much you hot water you’ll consume with common appliances:
Clothes washer (one load) – 25 gallons
Shower – 10 gallons
Dishwasher – 6 gallons
Kitchen / bathroom faucet (2-3 gallons / minute)
Here are some simple ideas to use less hot water:
Wash your clothes with cold water – today’s detergents work just as well in cold water as they do in warm
Make sure you use the right setting on your clothes washer for the amount of clothes you are cleaning
Use the low-water setting on your dishwasher
If you hand wash dishes, use a basin to wash and run water only for rinsing
Only run your dishwasher (or clothes washer) when it’s full
Install low-flow faucets and showerheads
Take shorter showers
Lower your water heater’s thermostat – Try setting your water heater’s thermostat to 120°F rather than the 130-150°F temperatures that most manufacturers use as their default setting. You probably won’t feel a difference.
Insulate your hot water pipes and storage tank – Insulate the first six feet of the hot water piping connected to your water heater – where much of the heat is lost in transfer – along with the body of your water tank (to prevent “standing loss,” or heat lost when previously heated water sits unused).