Energy Tips – Water heating


Take it one step at a time and remember that little changes can add up to big savings. 

  • Set water heater temperature no higher than 120 degrees. For households with 1 or 2 members, a 115 degree setting may work fine.
  • Install water heater wrap per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Drain 1 -2 gallons from bottom of water heater each year to reduce sediment build-up.
  • Install heat traps on hot and cold water lines when it’s time to replace your water heater.
  • Insulate exposed hot water lines.
  • Limit shower length to 5-7 minutes.
  • Install low-flow shower heads.
  • Fix dripping faucets.
  • Don’t let water run while you are shaving or brushing your teeth.

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