Looking to save money on electricity this summer?
Look no further than your water heater!
Being mindful of your home’s hot water consumption is a great way to save money this summer. Using less hot water will help contribute to your overall savings. This can be done by taking shorter showers or installing low flow showerheads. Also, using cold water to wash your clothes will help you save as well.
Another way to save is by turning the temperature of your water heater down. The standard temperature for most water heaters is 140°F, but most households should be able to operate with the water set at 120°F. Be sure to read your manual for proper instructions on adjusting the thermostat. For example, the electricity should be turned off before adjusting the temperature of electric water heaters. If you are going away on vacation for a few days you can turn the temperature down even further until you come back.
Lastly, insulating your water heater can help you save money by reducing heat losses. Usually, if your water heater is warm to the touch, it could stand to be insulated. You should not insulate gas-fired water heaters. Insulating water pipes for the first six feet from the water heater will also help you save energy.