Did you know your water heater uses more energy than any other appliance in your home? On average, the hot water heater makes up 15 to 18 percent of your monthly electric bill.
There are several steps you can take to reduce your water heating costs, many of them simple and inexpensive. Making small changes in your own routine, such as using cold water when rinsing dishes or washing your clothes, can make a significant difference in your energy usage. Installing low-flow faucets and showerheads are inexpensive to purchase and install, but can save up to 60 percent in energy costs. And of course, check the temperature on your water heater; the ideal setting is 120°F; anything higher and you’re using energy you don’t need!
Adding an approved, insulated blanket to your water heater and insulating your pipes are also ways to save on energy costs. But, if your water heater is an older model, it may be time to replace it with a new, energy-efficient model. Before you buy, make sure you check out all the options to ensure you’re getting the best one for your family’s needs while selecting one that will save you money on your electric bill. Visit energy.gov to learn more about the different types of water heaters available.