If you don’t already have an energy-efficient hot water system or can’t afford the upgrade, don’t worry—there are plenty of other ways to save on your next water bill.
It’s important to note that hot water accounts for roughly 25% of your annual energy bill. So, when you limit your hot water usage, you’ll be saving on both your water and energy bills in the long run.
Here are some simple tips and tricks you can try out today:
Switch to Cold Water
Plain and simple: If you want to save on the hot water front and conserve water at the same time, start taking colder showers.
You should also start washing your clothes in cold water, and filling up half the sink with cold water when hand washing your dishes.
Lower the Thermostat
By setting your hot water system’s thermostat to 60℃ (or no more than 65℃) you won’t be wasting energy to heat more water than you’ll actually need throughout the way.
Use a More Efficient Shower Head
So, cold showers may not be your thing, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t another shower-time solution. Try upgrading to low-flow showerheads for each bathroom. They use less water per minute without sacrificing comfort or pressure.
Get New Appliances (If Possible)
If you can afford it, it’s a good idea to try and upgrade your water-loving appliances for newer ones that have higher energy efficient ratings. These are designed to conserve both water and energy, which will save you more money in the end.
Shut Your Hot Water Off From Time to Time
If you’re taking a long holiday or even just a week away, you shouldn’t have to pay to heat the water you won’t be using. So, the next time you take off, give your hot water system some time off as well by shutting it off.
BUT don’t forget to give it 12-24 hours to heat back up, otherwise, you’ll run the risk of becoming infected with Legionella. (Plus, you’ll get a freezing cold surprise when you hop in the shower!)
Service Your Hot Water System Regularly
Your hot water system comes with an owner’s manual that tells you how long you can go in between servicing and how to maintain it properly. By keeping up with regular maintenance, you’re ensuring that there aren’t any minor issues wasting unnecessary energy—or leading to larger and more costly repairs.
What Are You Doing to Reduce Your Hot Water Bill?
By checking off a few boxes on the above list, you’ll start saving enough money on both your water and energy bills to buy a whole new smart hot water system!
Let us help you find an energy-efficient hot water system that suits your needs today!