Tuesday Tips: Conserving Hot Water

Other then your furnace and A/C, water heaters are the 2nd largest energy user within your home. Frequently running you’re hot water heater can be costly and lead to a rather hefty utilities bill. Start using your water a little more wisely so you can cut down on your monthly bills.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere are your Tuesday Tips, compliments of Community Insurance & Associates:

  • If you’re parents never taught you to turn the water off while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, we suggest you start doing so.
  • Only run your washing machine when you have a full load. Also, you’re clothes will still get clean if you rinse them them with cold water instead of hot.
  • Fill your sink up with just the necessary amount of water when you are washing dishes.
  • Check the pipes in your house to make sure you don’t have any water leaks, immediately fix any leaks that you may have.
  • Do your household cleaning with cold water whenever possible.
  • faucetYour hot water heater does not need to be set above 120 degrees. If it is, turn it down.
  • Consider replacing your shower heads with low flow shower heads to conserve water.
  • Don’t defrost frozen foods by running them under hot water. Instead, plan ahead and set frozen foods out in advance so that they have time to thaw out.
  • Fix any leaky faucets.
  • Only run your dishwasher if you have a full load of dirty dishes.

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All together, making some simple changes in the way you use water can really help cut down on your utilities bill. The state of Wisconsin alone uses over 2 trillion gallons of water per year. Maybe that’s what we get for having the Waterpark Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells, within our state.

In all seriousness, everybody is capable of cutting back on their water usage especially when it comes to hot water. Take the time to go through your home and look at the areas where you can cut back. Inform the people that you live with about the simple ways to cut back on your home’s hot water usage. You can even post little reminder notes for yourself and others by your sinks, dishwasher, and washing machine. Hopefully this will help you save a little money and cut down on the 2 trillion gallons of water that Wisconsin uses annually.

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