Water Heating Overview 
 
For Electric & Natural Gas Customers

Hot water energy wasters can be found in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and basement. Since hot water can be found in many areas of the home, there may be several opportunities to save energy and money, such as correcting a leaking hot water faucet in the bathroom or kitchen. Check the shutoff valves under sinks or in the laundry room going to the washing machine to look for leaks that may be wasting you energy.

Taking the simple step of installing faucet aerators on your sinks and low flow shower heads on your shower can save energy. Lowering your water heater temperature by a couple of degrees saves energy and still allows you to have the hot water you need for your daily usage. If you have an older model water heater and you can feel warmth on the outside of the tank with your hand, chances are you’re losing energy. Older water heaters continually heat the water even when it is not being used. You may want to try using a water heater blanket to help contain the heat, but you must be cautious when installing the blanket on a natural gas or propane water heater. Be sure to read and follow the safety concerns and install according to the manufacturer’s directions.

An energy audit, sometimes called an evaluation or assessment, is a good way to find energy saving opportunities. A trained energy auditor will assess your home and detect where the most energy is being used. The auditor will look at the efficiency of your water heating system, dishwasher and washing machine to help identify any appliances that may be a candidate for replacement in addition to ways family habits can be altered to help save energy.

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