Water heaters use about 30% of your Omaha NE home’s energy. In most homes, a water heater works all day long, heating gallons and gallons of water so you’ll have hot water whenever you need it. Although this is very convenient, it’s not very efficient. But there are ways to reduce how much energy your water heater uses.
One easy way is to turn down its temperature. Each 10-degree reduction will save you 3-5% on your water heating bill. Many older water heaters in and around Omaha NE came preset as high as 140 degrees. But for most household use, 120 degrees is hot enough, so if you can handle a slightly lower water temperature, you could save some money by turning down the heat. If possible, it’s also a good idea to insulate your hot water pipes, especially the ones within four feet of the water heater. If you insulate your pipes, try to use either preformed foam insulation or wrap around fiberglass.
Finally, one of the best ways to lower your water heating costs is by simply less hot water. As we saw in the last section, a good first step is to buy efficient appliances and use them economically. Also, you can save water by taking a short five-minute shower rather than a bath. To make your showers even more efficient, install low-flow shower heads which can cut shower water usage by 30%. By installing aerating kitchen and bathroom faucets, you can reduce the water they use by about 60%.
As you probably already know, when you use your faucets, it’s a good idea to only leave the water on when you need it. You’d be surprised how many gallons of water you can save by shutting off the water when you shave or brush your teeth. Finally, if you have any leaking pipes or faucets, take care of them as soon as you can. A slow drip or leak can waste more than 100 gallons of water a week, so if you can, repair the leak yourself, or have a plumber like American Rooter do it for you.
If you rent, tell your landlord about water leaks as soon as you see them. It’s easy to reduce the amount of energy we use by turning down the thermostat on the water heater, insulating water lines, and simply using less hot water. Taking short showers rather than baths, installing low-flow shower heads, and faucet aerators can also reduce the energy you use. With these water energy efficiency tips, you can keep your money from going right down the drain.