How to Save Money on Your Water Heating Bill

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The water bill is one of the expenses that tends to fall under the radar when it comes to paying bills. It could be the fact that a lot of water companies only bill people a few times a year or the fact that it isn’t the priciest expense. For whatever reason, some people forget that there are many simple ways to save money on their water bill. Better yet, double up and save money specifically on the water heating portion of your bill. Here are some ways to do this.

  1. Inspect the Gage: Check the temperature at which your water heater is set. If you choose, this temperature can be lowered to 120° to save you anywhere from 3-5% on your bill.

  2. Shorten your Shower: This may seem obvious, but showers serve as a major component of hot water usage. Making a conscious decision to shorten your showers will save money. Point blank.

  3. Bid Bath Time Farewell: Bath Time is a luxurious way to unwind after a long day and a great way to pamper yourself. Despite their fabulous nature, filling a tub can result in using more water than you would in a shower. Limit bath time to special occasions to save money.

  4. Fill Up the Dishwasher and Laundry Machine: Aside from the option to use strictly cold water in your dishwashing and laundry endeavors, sometimes it’s just more effective to use hot water. Only running the dishwasher when it’s full and only doing a full load of laundry is not only energy-efficient and water-conscious, but it saves money.

  5. Insulate the Goods: Insulating your hot water tank and any water pipes that are exposed reduces the need for your water heater to work as hard. More natural heat is produced with insulation and less energy is used to heat the water, saving you money.

  6. Drain the Sediment: One of the most forgotten tips of a properly functioning water heater is to drain the sediment. Sediment collects over time, and as a result, your water heater has to work harder to produce hot water. Draining the sediment 3 times a year, even if it’s just a quart at a time, will show up on your water bill.

 

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