One simple way to save on your energy bill is to use less hot water in your home. And, no, by “reducing hot water usage”, I don’t mean bathing less, washing your dishes and clothes less, nor washing your hands less. In fact, with the whole swine flu issue still around, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to wash more often. There are other small changes you can make to reduce your hot water usage and save on your energy bill.
Updating your showerhead is one way to cut down on hot water usage. The older ones spit out way too much water, while the newer “low-flow showerheads” use about half as much per minute. Low flow showerheads also pay for themselves from energy savings in about four months. Believe me, I require strong water pressure in my shower to wake me up in the morning, and at first glance, low-flow showerheads sound weak. I’ve been assured though that low-flow showerheads still provide excellent water flow–somehow they are able to do that while using less water per minute.
Booster heater for the dishwasher
The name for these guys reminds me of the little booster seats I sat in at restaurants as a kid. Booster heaters for your dishwasher, on the other hand, can reduce your hot water usage. Adding a booster heater to your dishwasher (if it doesn’t have one already, and newer ones often do) allows you to wash your dishes in the dishwasher at the suggested heat of 140 degrees (F) without having to set your home’s water heater that high. The booster could then pay for itself from hot water heater energy savings in about one year.
These small changes are inexpensive and easy ways to lower your energy usage and energy costs. There are several other ways to help you save money each month, and I will pass them along to you in future posts.
Please feel free to comment below with any thoughts on low-flow showerheads and booster heaters for dishwashers. I’d particularly like to here whether you feel like the water flow of the low-flow showerhead is strong enough.