Australians are paying out approximately 15% of their energy bills solely to heating water. You might never have thought about how much energy is required for daily activities such as bathing, washing dishes, and doing laundry.
With this in mind, looking for ways to lower your hot water usage is a great way to save money on your energy bills. Check out some great tips for doing that here!
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The Washing Machine
There are a few ways you can save on hot water usage in the laundry room.
First, wash most of your clothing in cold water. The only time it’s really necessary to use hot water is for socks and underwear and that type of clothing. Plus, your clothes will thank you by lasting longer. Hot water is what typically causes clothes to discolour faster.
Next, if it’s time to buy a new laundry machine anyway, opt for a front-loader instead of the top-loading type. These models use about half the amount of water for each load. Imagine how much water you will save over time!
Another great spot to save hot water is the dishwasher. Of course, you don’t want to wash your dishes in cold water, but there are still many things you can do to cut down on how much water you use.
For example, don’t rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. It’s an unnecessary step with most modern dishwashers. If you can’t restrain yourself, at least use cold water to rinse them.
Plus, never run a half-empty dishwasher. The dishwasher uses exactly the same amount of hot water to wash 4 dishes as it does to wash 50. Put those Tetris skills to good use and make sure you’re using every inch of your dishwashing space.
The Hot Water Tank
Don’t just bundle up your hot water tank and forget about it. Over time, sediment builds up in the tank that causes it to work harder. The harder it works to heat water, the more energy it uses.
Most manufacturers will tell you to drain the sediment twice a year. However, if you really want to be on top of things, put it on your quarterly maintenance to-do list. It only takes a few minutes and can save you a lot of money.
Unsure about how to drain the sediment? If you live in Nowra contact Curran Plumbing to get help from an expert plumber.
So Many Ways To Save!
Surprised at how easy it can be to save money on hot water heating costs? These might seem like small things, but we promise, once you start implementing several of these tips into your daily routine, you’ll start seeing significant savings in your bill. Plus, by saving energy and water, you’re helping out the environment at the same time!