Energy Savings Tips: Water Heating

Set your water heater at 120 degrees Many hot water heaters are factory set at 140 degrees. That’s way higher than you need, and it increases the risk of scalding. Reducing your water setting to 120 degrees also slows mineral buildup and corrosion in your water heater, which will help your water heater last longer and operate at its maximum efficiency. If you plan to be away from home for at least 3 days, turn the thermostat down to the lowest setting.

What others have saved: 6% to 10% of water heating costs

Take showers instead of baths An eight-minute shower uses half as much hot water as a bath. And 75% of that water comes from your water heater.

What others have saved: up to $90 per year per person

Fix leaks Repair or replace leaky faucets promptly. A single leaky faucet leaking one drop per second can waste 2,500 gallons of hot water per year. If you have four leaking faucets, you could be wasting 10,000 gallons of water per year.

What others have saved: more than $100 per year

Wrap your hot water heater with an insulation blanket Newer water heaters are generally well insulated. But if your water heater feels warm to the touch, you can save money by installing an inexpensive insulation blanket that you can find in most hardware stores. While you’re at it, pick up some foam rubber pipe insulation and insulate as much of the hot water pipe as you can reach – starting where it exits the water heater.

What others have saved: $30 to $50 per year

Big savings from efficient showerheads Showerheads sold before 1992 often used 5.5 gallons of water per minute (GPM) or more. Today’s low-flow showerheads can provide an invigorating shower using just 1.8 GPM. A family of four, each taking a 6-minute shower per day would save about 32,000 gallons of water per year. More than two thirds of that water comes from the water heater. When you add the cost of that much water to the cost of heating the water, the savings are significant. View money-saving efficient showerheads in Verde's Energy Saving Store.

What others have saved: $100 to $150 per year

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