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Quick Tips - Water Heating

Being practical can help you save energy and water

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Long, hot showers not only run up your water bill, but your energy bill as well. Therefore, think conservation for certain daily tasks and not only save water, but save electricity as well.

  • Take short showers or shallow baths.
  • Use cold water as much as possible when using a dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Buy a high-efficiency washing machine when you need a new washer.
  • Check the setting on your water heater. The recommended setting for our area is 120 degrees. Also check the unit for possible leaks.
  • Wrap an old water heater with an insulation jacket to decrease its heat loss. Insulating the water pipes also can help.
  • Don't leave hot water running when shaving or rinsing dishes. This will reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the water and save on your water expenses as well.
  • Wait to wash dishes and clothes until you have a full load.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead or faucet aerator to not only save water, but reduce water heating costs.
  • Try a natural gas water heater for greater efficiency. Take advantage of our Natural Gas Rebates.
  • Consider a tankless water heater system. Tankless units heat water directly, without the use of a storage tank -- saving energy and water, reducing both of your utility bills.