Making sure you have hot water on-hand when you want it can constitute up to 13% of home energy usage. Not only that, it also has a heavy cost on the environment. Here are some useful tips which will simultaneously help save you dollars and the environment. You can take care of these yourself or you could simply call Chicago’s favorite 24-hour plumbing company to do it for you:
- Turn down the thermostat
Most water heaters come with the heat pre-set at 140 degrees. This is so hot that it is dangerous for young children and can result in scalding. It is unnecessary to have the thermostat set this high. Lowering it by just ten degrees can save between 3 and 5 percent on your bill. The Energy Department recommends it is set to 120 degrees.
- Insulate exposed pipes
Insulating the exposed water pipes will mean that water will get to the taps between two and four degrees warmer. This means that your water will take less time to heat up. This can be done easily by buying self-sealing sleeves at a plumbing or hardware store and fitting them yourself. Alternatively, you could contact Almighty Plumbing – 24-hour plumbing company in Chicago – to do it for you.
- Use less hot water
This may seem obvious as we are all aware of the finite nature of our water supply, but using less hot water can save you money. Take showers rather than baths, take shorter showers, set your dishwasher to the ‘economy’ setting or install ‘low-flow’ shower heads.
- Insulate your how water tank
An insulating blanket is an easy fix: with just a small initial cost you can keep your water degrees hotter. Again, these are available at hardware or plumbing supply stores or you can call Almighty Plumbing 24 hours to fit one for you.