Water heating makes up 10% of total home energy use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, a typical 10-minute shower can send at least 25 gallons of water down the drain. This can leave your family awash in higher utility bills.
To keep your energy dollars from going down the drain, install low-flow showerheads. These showerheads use less water while still providing a comfortable flow.
Low-flow showerheads are available at your local home improvement retailer. When choosing products, look for the EPA’s WaterSense label. WaterSense labeled showerheads are independently certified to be at least 20% more water efficient than standard models.
Here are simple steps you can take to reduce hot water costs:
- Conserve. If you use less hot water, your water heater will use less energy. Take shorter showers and don’t pre-rinse dishes. If you do pre-rinse, use cold water.
- Lower the temperature. Set your water heater temperature to 120°F. For every 10°F temperature reduction, you can save up to 5% in energy costs.
- Fix leaks. Leaks waste energy and money. You can save significantly on water heating costs simply by fixing leaks in faucets, showerheads and pipes.
Looking for more ways to save? See the EPA’s, WaterSense website for tips.