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.