August 2007
10 Ways to Maximize Your Hot Water Efficiency

  1. Reduce the thermostat setting on your water heater to 120 degrees. For every 10 degrees you lower the temperature, you could save three to five percent on your energy costs.

    Purchase a front-loading energy efficient washing machine to maximize energy savings. Don't forget to rinse clothes in cold water.

  2. Fix leaky faucets.

  3. Install low-flow showerheads (less than 2.5 gallons per minute) and faucets (no more than 1 gpm).

  4. Purchase energy efficient dishwashers.
  5. Purchase front-loading energy efficient washing machines with selections for water temperature and level.

  6. Purchase dishwashers and washing machines with booster heaters. These increase the temperature of the water entering the appliance to 140 degrees, allowing you to turn down the temperature on your water heater while reaching a temperature that is recommended for cleaning.

  7. Always rinse your clothes in cold water.

  8. Turn the thermostat on your water heater down or off when you go on vacation, but be sure you know how to safely reignite the pilot light before you turn it off.

  9. Add insulation to your water heater and accessible water pipes.

  10. When you use only a little water, use cold water. Turning on the hot water will just draw hot water into the pipes and waste energy.