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Simple Tips for Water Heating

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, water heating makes up 19% of energy use in Colorado homes. On average, our homes use about 20 gallons of hot water per person per day (600 gallons per person per month). In this case, a household of three people would use about 1,800 gallons of hot water per month. This would cost a household using a moderate efficiency natural gas storage hot water heater about $10/month but would cost a household using a moderate efficiency electric storage heater about $40/month at current energy prices. Propane users could expect to pay closer to what is paid by users of electricity for hot water although this can fluctuate greatly. Following these tips can help you reduce your water heating expenses:

  • Reduce the temperature setting of your hot water until the water from the faucet closest to that heater reaches 120 degrees F.
  • If hot to the touch, add an insulating wrap to an older electric water heater. Consult a professional about wrapping a gas water heater.
  • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible.
  • Install low-flow showerheads.
  • Install faucet aerators for sinks that aren’t usually filled.
  • Repair leaky faucets.
  • When it’s time, replace your water heater with an efficient Energy Star model.