How To Reduce Hot Water Usage

Reducing your hot water usage carries a number of benefits with it. Besides cutting down on your water and energy bills, reduced hot water usage will reduce the amount of strain that is placed on your water heater, and will reduce your overall environmental impact. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce your overall hot water usage.

Fix Leaks

Fixing leaks can have a huge benefit on reducing your overall hot water usage. Large leaks in your piping is an emergency that should be fixed immediately, but smaller leaks, such as in showerheads or faucets, can go unnoticed. However, even a minor drip can build up to a significant amount of water and energy over an extended period of time. If you notice that your taps or showers are leaking, or that your toilet is continuously running, call a plumber to have the fixtures tightened and fixed.

Low Flow Appliances

Installing low flow appliances in your home can significantly cut down on the amount of hot water that you use, though the exact reduction will depend on the model of low flow appliance installed. Efficient dishwashers, washing machines, and low flow toilets, taps, and showerheads can all be installed to cut down in every room of your home. While these appliances do represent an initial investment, they will save you money on your energy and water bills over time and slowly pay for themselves.

Reduce the Temperature

If you want to cut down on the amount of energy that your water heater uses without actually changing your hot water habits, you can alter the temperature on the actual water heater, depending on the model. Check your owner's manual to see how this is done, as it is different for every type of water heater, or call a plumber to do it for you.

Upgrade the Water Heater

Older models of water heaters tend to be less efficient when compared to more modern models. If you want to cut down on your energy and water bills, investing in a new water heater is a viable step to take. Tankless water heaters tend to be the most efficient, because they heat water on demand instead of keeping it stored within your home until it's needed. By installing a tankless hot water heater, you can cut down on your overall hot water expenditure without actually changing your hot water habits. 

For more information, contact Brother's Plumbing or a similar company.