Long, hot showers not only run up your water bill, but your energy bill as well. Almost without notice, your water heater is working hard to do its job – heat the water you use for daily tasks like washing dishes, washing clothes, washing your backside and then some. Therefore, think conservation for these tasks and not only save water, but save electricity as well.
Use cold water as much as possible when using a dishwasher or washing machine.
Take short showers or shallow baths.
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.
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.
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.
Wrap an old water heater with an insulation jacket to decrease its heat loss. Insulating the water pipes also can help.
Try a natural gas water heater for greater efficiency. Take advantage of CPS Energy’s Natural Gas Rebates