Caringbah Plumber Gives His Tips for Reducing Hot Water Costs
Where are you on the water usage spectrum? The average medium water user uses 76 litres of water each day. This includes all the stuff of life such as bathing, washing dishes, doing laundry, etc.
Do you think you might use this amount? More? Less?
Regardless, virtually everyone can reduce the amount of hot water they are using — or reduce their energy consumption for heating water. Both of these will help to reduce your monthly energy bills.
Let’s take a look at a few things you can do.
1. Buy a Front-Loading Washer
Top-loaders have been the standard for years. While the newer ones are pretty efficient, front-loaders are even better. In general, they require about half the amount of water as top-loading laundry machines.
Another way to save even more is to stop washing all your clothes in hot water. Outerwear doesn’t need it and the hot water is actually more damaging — causing the colours in your jeans and strongly coloured clothing to bleed.
2. Use a Dishwasher
Except for those rare lovers of washing dishes, most people will rejoice at this one. For once, there is something where it is actually more energy-efficient to use the machine.
Modern dishwashers use less water to wash a full load of dishes than the water you would need to wash the same amount of dishes by hand. On that note, always fill the dishwasher full before you run it. It will use the same amount of water regardless of how many dishes are in it.
Also, don’t rinse the dishes before tossing them in the wash. Modern dishwashers can handle the dried food and rinsing them is an unnecessary use of water.
3. Hot Water Heater Maintenance
There are a few things you can do with the hot water tank itself to reduce its energy consumption.
First, if your tank has an R-value less than R-24, wrap it in an insulation blanket. If you don’t have the owner’s manual to find this information, just touch the outside of the tank. If it feels warm, it is losing heat and could use insulation.
You can also insulate the pipes coming out of your hot water tank for about 3 feet.
Another great tip is to periodically flush the sediment that builds up in your tank. This sediment causes the heater to work harder, thus using more energy to heat the same amount of water. Manufacturers usually recommend doing this twice a year, but quarterly is even better.
If you don’t know how to do this or don’t want to deal with it, call Curran Plumbing in Caringbah for expert help.
Saving Money by Reducing Hot Water Usage
Who knew that saving money on your energy bills could be so easy? These tricks and maintenance tips are not time-consuming to implement, they’re not even difficult! With just a bit of mindfulness and the right equipment to help, you can save a bundle on your energy usage each month.