If you are interested in using less hot water or using less energy to heat water for your home, either to reduce your utility bills or simply to conserve water, here are three areas where you can have a positive impact:
Reduce the hot water flow
Stop leaks: A quick repair of leaks can save a lot more than you would expect. Tighten connections and gaskets, replacing them if necessary. Replace older shower heads and faucet aerators: newer fixtures constrict water flow so that you will use less water while taking a shower or cleaning dishes in the kitchen sink.
Reduce heat settings and insulate Set your thermostat to a lower temperature: Consider setting your water temperature to a lower setting, perhaps as low as 130 or 120 degrees. With water that is not quite as hot, you will lose less heat to the ambient atmosphere. While you are away at work all day, there will be less lost heat as well.
Insulate exposed tanks and pipes: Wrapping any pipes that carry heated water and wrapping the tank itself is a way to reduce the energy loss from heat escaping to the surrounding air.
Replace older appliances
When purchasing appliances that use a lot of water, like a dishwasher or clothes washer, select ones that reduce water usage. New models use less hot water than older ones, and still, get everything just as clean.
For information on what you can do to save hot water and lower your costs, contact the experts at Pipe Works Services. We have been serving the Chatham area since 2000. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Chatham, NJ, and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).