Tips For Saving Money on Your Hot Water Bill
Among other costs, heating your home is expensive — which includes heating your water. Here are some tips to help you cut your costs.
1. Take Shorter Showers
When we examine our daily routine, it can be easy to find ways to limit our water usage — such as washing half loads of laundry or taking long showers. If you can scale back your hot water usage, you’ll, in turn, see a reduction in your water costs.
2. Install a Low-Flow Shower Head
If you've considered updating your appliances, installing a low-flow showerhead can serve as a way to lower your water heater bill. If your showerheads and faucets were manufactured before 1992, replacing them with modern low-flow models can help reduce your costs.
3. Drain Sediment From Your Water Heater
These small grains of sand, dirt, and debris build up in your water heater and can prevent it from operating to its maximum efficiency. To avoid a breakdown, you should have your heater drained two times a year — once every 6 months. This will prevent your water heater from having to work harder, which means water bill savings in the end.
Having your system drained by a trained plumbing professional is the fastest, safest, and easiest way to get the job done.
4. Insulate Your Pipes
By insulating the first three feet of the water pipe that comes from your hot water heater, you can prevent your water from losing heat as it travels through the home. While this is an inexpensive project, it should be completed by a professional.
5. Fix Leaky Faucets
While it’s true that a leaky faucet is one of the more agitating plumbing problems you can experience, it’s also a big reason you may notice a spike in your utility bills. A faucet with a slow leak wastes up to 3,153 gallons of water per year. And, if this leak happens to be coming from your hot water tap — you’re paying for wasted water and wasted energy.
6. Upgrade Your Water Heater
The average conventional water heater lasts for about 15 years, but that doesn’t mean that it will always run efficiently. If your water heater is on the fritz, you may want to consider switching to a more modern model such as a heat pump or tankless unit.
If you’re considering updating your water heater, or need a repair, contact our professionals at Dial One Johnson Plumbing Cooling & Heating for assistance! (972) 362-9797