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Tips for Reducing Water Heating Costs

Is your energy bill looking kind of high? 18% of that comes from your water heater related costs.

Everyone loves a long, hot shower, but you’ll want to take some measures if you’re trying to save money. Here are a few options.

Run Full Loads of Dishes and Laundry

Dishwashers and washing machines use a lot of hot water. A typical dishwasher uses three to five gallons of water every time you run it. A typical washing machine uses 20 gallons of water per load.

If you’re going to use all that hot water, you might as well make the most of it. Fill these machines to capacity, then run them. 

Run Laundry on Cold

In many cases, running clothes cold is better for the clothes. You’ll still use plenty of water but won’t waste energy heating it. 

Consider a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, which means they are roughly 25% more energy efficient than conventional water heaters, which must heat a full tank of water and store it until it’s used. 

If you don’t want to go with a tankless water heater, then consider replacing your old water heater with a super-efficient water heater. A newer, Energy Star-rated water heater can help you save much money over time.

Lower the Thermostat

If you’re not ready to install a new tankless water heater, consider lowering the thermostat. Many water heaters are preset to 140 degrees, but most applications only need temperatures of 120 degrees to remain safe and comfortable.

Install Low-Flow Faucets and Shower Heads

You may be worried that a low-flow shower head won’t give you a good blast of water when you shower or that a low-flow faucet will only give you a trickle of water to work with.

In reality, the sensation of your shower comes more from the water pressure than the amount of water, and low-flow shower heads don’t touch water pressure at all. You’ll use less water, barely feel it, and save the money you would have spent heating that water. 

Call Acosta Plumbing Solutions

If both your energy and water bills are high, there’s a good chance you have a plumbing leak somewhere in the house. It may be somewhere you can’t see or detect, but it’s costing money and causing damage.

If you live in Pine Forest, Willow Park Green, Cinco Ranch, or any other beautiful Katy neighborhood, call Acosta Plumbing Solutions, a reliable plumbing company in Katy. We can diagnose your plumbing problem fast, and we can fix it. We’re also happy to install new faucets and shower heads or to help you install a new tankless water heater.

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