At the beginning of every month you have to pay the water bill, but it doesn't just stop there. You also have to pay the energy bill that will increase due to the water being heated by the hot water heater. Just to use water you essentially have to pay two bills, but there are ways you can cut them down.
Turn It Down
There's no logical reason for your hot water heater to be set at the hottest setting. Even the stock setting at 140ˆF is too high! Head to your unit and turn the temperature down to 120ˆF. You won’t notice the change in temperature when you utilize the hot water, but you will notice the savings.
Keep It Covered
Hot water heaters and their lines will lose heat due to the lack of insulation, so it's time to cover them up. Wrap the unit itself in an insulation blanket and install pipe sleeves over the lines. Once the hot water heater has been insulated, you'll waste less water waiting for hot water to reach the faucet.
Repair the Leaks
A leak can exist anywhere throughout the plumbing system in your home. Whether there's a small leak at the faucet, in the plumbing lines, or at the hot water heater, have them repaired immediately. The smallest leak can add up to hundreds of gallons of lost water per year. Leaks will be reflected as an increase in the water bill AND the energy bill.
There's no need to run the dishwasher when it's only half filled. Wait until the dishwasher is filled completely to run a wash cycle. It's also financially irresponsible to take multiple baths per week. Take quick showers at a reasonable temperature to drastically cut the amount of water and energy you use. Small changes in your daily life can make you a happier person when you open up your bills at the beginning of the month.
Cutting down your water and energy bills should be a top priority, especially if you have steam coming from your ears when you open them! When you need a professional to come inspect, service, and repair your hot water heater and plumbing, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.