Save on Water Heating Bills

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Heating water consumes about 13 percent of the annual bill for the typical single-family home, says EnergyStar.

It you’re not ready to invest in a new, more efficient water heater, there are still steps you can take to cut your water heating costs.

1. Reduce the temperature. Set the temperature on your water heater to 120ºF. For every 10ºF reduction in temperature, you can save from 3% to 5% on your water heating costs.

2. Insulate your pipes. The simple DIY project can reduce heat loss when water is traveling through pipes. Here’s a how-to: http://energy.gov/energysaver/projects/savings-project-insulate-hot-water-pipes-energy-savings.

3. Use less water. Reconsider whether you need to wash clothes in hot water, remember that short showers use less water than baths do, and don’t run the dishwasher until you have a full load.  

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*Adapted from a previous edition of The REsource newsletter, http://www.greenresourcecouncil.org

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Hi Inna -- you have shared some excellent tips and it's always a good idea to be mindful of conservation.  

Feb 09, 2017 05:57 AM #21
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Don Hess
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Great tips. Thanks for the information. It's easy to forget these relatively "little" things, but they add up and make a difference. 

Feb 13, 2017 07:23 AM #22
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Jan Green
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Very smart advice!  When remodeling my current home I switched to WaterSense® faucets, dual flush toilets with the shortest run, and will be adding high pressure shower heads next.  Every little bit counts!  My home inspector loves his Heat Pump Hot Water heater. They are more expensive but the payback is about 2 years!

Feb 13, 2017 12:41 PM #23
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I absolutely agree, Jan! 

Every bit counts. Especially if you live in SoCal where you can get so many rebates available and tax incentives for going ''green'':) 

Feb 13, 2017 12:49 PM #24
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Good advice for everyone to save money and some of these are so simple.

Feb 13, 2017 01:50 PM #25
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Inna, these are all great tips on water conservation. If we can each do our part, there will be a great change.

Feb 13, 2017 03:24 PM #26
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Inna as always awesome advice, but I love having my water be scolding hot:)Endre

Feb 13, 2017 10:55 PM #27
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Gabe Sanders
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Thanks for the tips Inna.  These are easy ways to save money for all of us.

Feb 18, 2017 04:54 AM #28
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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Good information - everyone I know would love to save  money!

Feb 19, 2017 06:26 AM #29
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Inna Ivchenko
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Thank you all so much for stopping by! 

If someone is interested in more information, I found an excellent website on 100+ ways to conserve water: 

wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve

Feb 19, 2017 01:30 PM #30
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Kasey & John Boles
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Excellent tips Inna for conserving water as well as helping your pocket book -Kasey

Feb 19, 2017 02:20 PM #31
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Great tips here Inna Ivchenko water is precious

Feb 20, 2017 04:43 PM #32
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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I inherited two solar panels on my Hawaii House that heat water. When it's cloudy for several days, I can switch the lever on my water heater to the grid. But the solar panels generally provide my hot water there. It's pretty cool. Downside is replacing one of them when they leak. It costs $900 each.

Feb 23, 2017 10:59 AM #33
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Kathy Clulow
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If for no other reason than to preserve some of our hard earned money we need to do all we can to offset or reduce the rising cost of hydro Inna Ivchenko 

Feb 25, 2017 06:49 AM #34
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Mick Michaud
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I used to build near-zero energy homes a few years ago.  We would install tankless water systems, or solar hot water systems. 

Feb 25, 2017 11:54 AM #35
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very  good advice to share.

Congratulations as you prepare to pass the one million points milestone on ActiveRain.

Feb 25, 2017 04:32 PM #36
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Will Hamm
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Great tips for all of us to have.  Hope you make it a great day!

  

Feb 26, 2017 09:52 AM #37
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Hi Ianna,

These suggestions really work, hopefully many will follow them.

Feb 27, 2017 05:24 AM #38
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
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Thanks for water conservation tips, Inna Ivchenko No matter where we live it makes sense to use water sensibly. 

Feb 27, 2017 06:04 AM #39
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Roy Kelley
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Good Monday evening. Have a most productive week.

Feb 27, 2017 03:03 PM #40
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