365 Frugality Tips: Reduce Hot Water Use to Save Money

January 10, 2013
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Day 10: Year of Renewed Frugality

Did you know that when it comes to your energy bills, 90 percent of your utility costs come from heating water? Doesn’t matter if you heat your water with gas, oil, electric or some other method–heating water can be expensive.

With today being National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, I wanted to focus these frugality tips on easy ways you can save energy that will also save you money. And since hot water can drain your energy resources and your wallet, I’m focusing on that solely. (In future YRF posts, I’ll talk about other saving energy tips that also save you money.)

If you live in a house with baseboard heating like I do, you have no choice but to have hot water heating your home. That means that if I crank my thermostat in winter, I’m for sure going to pay more in utilities.

Same thing if you like to linger in a hot shower–bigger bills.

And the laundry you’re doing? Hot water washes gobble up water and raise your energy bills.

So where does that leave you?

Well, if you’re looking to save energy and money by changing your relationship with how you use hot water, you should do the following:

  • Keep your thermostat low
  • Take shorter showers
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Change your dishwasher cycle to minimize hot water use

These are such easy frugality tips to put into practice that not only save you energy but save you money, too. They are green initiatives that could put some green back in your wallet.

Let me know if you’ve found other ways to lower your hot water usage and save money, too.

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3 Responses to 365 Frugality Tips: Reduce Hot Water Use to Save Money

  1. BJ Doan on January 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    My husbanc is an elcetricial. He installed a timer box on our 220 hot water heater. We set it to run 3hrs. a day which was about 6pm to 9pm. It brought our power bill down about 10-15.00 less. It has a manually switch on the timer box that you can switch on earlier if you need hot water before the clock turns it on. Our timer was right beside the main breaker box inside the house and easy to acces.

  2. Leah Ingram on January 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    That’s awesome! Wish I could do that but I don’t have a separate cut off switch. But what a brilliant idea!

    Leah

  3. Emily on January 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    We turn off the water heater at the fusebox most mornings so that it is only on for our morning showers. Still enough hot water to wash dishes; I always use cold water to wash laundry.

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