Energy and Money Saving Tips for Hot Water Use (Part 1)
When the weather turns cold, sometimes there is no better feeling than taking a long, hot shower. After all, it’s a great way to wake up in the morning, or end a stressful day at work. However, hot water is expensive, and the more you use it, the more it will cost you.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, dishwashers use about 6 gallons of hot water, 10 gallons in the shower, and a whopping 25 gallons in the washing machine. These numbers are based on average family households.
So, what can you do to save yourself money this winter on hot water expenses? Luckily, there are a number of ways to accomplish that.
First, you can fix any leaks in your home. If you leave a leak unfixed for an entire year, the leak could be costing you around $35-40. While this isn’t a lot of money, it has a huge impact on water usage in general. Leaving a leak unfixed can use up a total of 1,500 gallons of water or more.
Leaks are also tied to things like faucets. While newer faucet models tend to restrict water flow to 1.5 gpm, older models can use anywhere from 2-3 gpm. If you aren’t trying to buy yourself new faucets for the kitchen and bathroom, consider buying an aerator which screws onto the tip of the faucet. These devices
When it comes to the amount of time you spend in the shower, it’s always suggested that you try and take as short of a shower as possible. Unfortunately, you should try and leave your singing or deep contemplation for the car, and not the shower. However, you can also install a shower head with a lower flow rate than the one you currently have. It’s suggested that a shower head with a flow rate of 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute) is the best to save both water and cost. It takes an estimated 20 seconds in the shower to use 1 entire gallon of water, so be mindful of your shower head and how long you actually need to wash yourself and your hair.
For more money and water saving tips, look out for part two!