Heating your home and water is a necessity, yet it can be expensive, especially during the colder months of the year. According to the EPA, the average household in the US uses around 88 gallons of water per person, per day. When you take this and stretch it out over a typical thirty day month, then that means they use an average of 10 and a half gallons.
Not only is this a lot of water, but the costs can soon rack up. In 2019 this average consumption equalled a water bill of around $70.39 a month for a family of four. If you are looking for ways to lower your bill, luckily there are certain things that you can do.
Check for any leaks in your faucets
A leaky faucet can be annoying—whether it is a continuous drip under the sink or a pooling of water under the faucet in your bathroom, yet it can also be more than just a nuisance. It could be costing you money unnecessarily, when it would be inexpensive and simple to fix.
Reduce your water heater temperature
If you reduce your water temperature by just 20 degrees, you can still get all your household chores done safely and efficiently, but could also cut the energy consumption and therefore your bill by as much as 10%. If your water heater breaks and you need a water heater repair in Port Hueneme, it is important to get this fixed as soon as possible to save costs.
Ensure your water pipes are insulated
By ensuring that your water tanks, pipes and radiators are correctly insulated, it is a simple and efficient way to save money on your water bills. Without the correct insulation you can lose a lot of heat and your water doesn’t stay hot for as long. It is a simple and cost-effective solution.
Switch to a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters have increased in popularity as they heat water as and when it is needed rather than continuously heating and storing hot water. Tank heaters cost you money by heating water whether you’re using it or not, but tankless heaters solve that problem.
According to the Department of Energy, “For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand water heaters can be 24%-34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters.” The Department of Energy also reports that tankless water heaters “can be 8%-14% more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water—around 86 gallons per day.”
Use Less Hot Water
While the above can all help to save money, one of the simplest ways is to try and reduce your hot water consumption. Switch up your baths for showers, don’t do as many loads of washing or ensure that your washing loads are full. It is also a good idea to use a lower temperature setting for your dishwasher and laundry.
By following these simple tips, you will soon find that you are saving money on your energy bill.