After heating and cooling costs, water heating usually accounts for the largest portion of a family’s utility bill – about 12%. Here are a few ways to save on water heating:
- Insulate your water heater by wrapping it in a thermal blanket, as shown in this video
- Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees.
- Install low-flow showerheads and fix leaky faucets. This could cut your water usage by as much as 60%!
- Use cold water for laundry, except in cases where clothing needs to be sanitized. Modern detergents can clean just as effectively in cold water as hot, and cold water preserves the condition of your clothes in addition to saving energy.