Welcome back to our two part series on how to save yourself money and water this winter! In part one, we covered areas like how to save on faucets and shower heads. In this part, we will cover the additional ways you can cut your hot water use and ultimately see a lower water bill.
While most people who wash their clothes tend to use warm and hot water have always done so, it’s suggested that you switch to using cold water, instead. This is beneficial for a few reasons. The first and most obvious is that it will completely cut out the cost of washing in hot water from your monthly bill, completely. But there are other great benefits to making this change. For instance, washing your clothes in cold water helps them to retain their bright, vibrant colors, which inevitably extends their life. Likewise, colors don’t tend to bleed like they do in hot water, meaning that you’ll be able to wash your whites with darks, and vice versa. However, it is suggested to wash in hot water if someone in your home is sick, as hot water will help to kill any excess germs in sheets, clothing, etc.
And as a special side note, it’s important to know that front-loading machines use less water than top-loading machines. So if you’re looking to buy a new washer, it’s best to stick with front-loading machines.
If you have a dishwasher in your home and use it regularly, keep doing so. It’s a little known fact that using a dishwasher saves more water on average than handwashing in the sink. That’s because when you load a dishwasher, you’re washing all of your dishes at once, rather than constantly throughout the day. While you should always be washing your dishes in warm and hot water in order to kill off excess bacteria, germs, and food particles, buying a booster heater is highly suggested. In effected, booster heaters help to make your dishwasher more energy efficient. Most boosters increase the temperature in your dishwater up to 140 degrees and higher, which is recommended for washing off food particles. You can also reduce energy and water usage by choosing a shorter washing cycle.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this two part series, and implement some of these money and water saving tips into your routine!