After home heating and cooling, heating water is likely the single most expensive use of domestic energy and probably rhw greatest source of waste. In addition, some municipalities are considering additional fees for supplying household water. As a result, many homeowners are now facing increased costs for the supply of water, plus rising costs for energ to heat it. Fortunately, there are a few simple things that can be done right away to reduce the cost of hot water in your home.
- Replace washers on hot water faucets that show signs of leakage.
- Reduce the temperature selection on your hot wayer tank or system. Lower the settings on your dishwasher and washing machine (see your manuals) and use them only when full.
- Change your domestic habits to use less hot water by avoiding deep, hot baths, and reducing the hot water flow in your shwer. (Reducing the cold water in proportion to the hot will help maintain your preferred water temperature.)
- Install water reduction showerheads and aerators.
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