Heating your home’s water supply makes up for around 12 percent of your family’s utility bills. Since water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home, it’s easy to see why investing in energy-efficient practices is important.
The U.S. Department of Energy outlines 15 ways for homeowners to save money on their water heating bills, and we’ve highlighted a few of those below:
1.Reduce shower time: A long bath is a luxury at the end of a work day, but taking baths or extended showers daily will use a large amount of water. Maintain warmth in the bathroom by keeping the bathroom door closed tightly to lock in heat, running the fan to take care of steam, and keeping a towel close by for when you get out.
2.Install low-flow fixtures: Older faucets and showerheads use twice as much water as their modern counterparts. Low-flow fixtures use less water per minute by adopting a high pressure technique that reduces water usage significantly.
3.Upgrade your water heater: Limiting yourself to a traditional water heater may be the reason your monthly bill is so high. At Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air, we encourage customers to purchase energy efficient systems, such as tankless water heaters to decrease energy costs.
4.Fix leaks: Households waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually due to leaks. A small faucet leak may not seem like a priority on your to-do list, but the costs add up over time. Calling a professional to fix the leaks in your home will save valuable water and money year-round.
If you’re looking for a Saint Paul or Minneapolis plumber who is well-versed on energy-efficient practices for your home, we’ve got you covered. Our professionals can repair your current water heater or assist you in selecting and installing a more efficient system to ensure you’re saving the most on your monthly bills.