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Healthy Homes: Water Savings

Did you know that your water heater is your third largest energy user and it accounts for about 14% of your total energy bill? (WEYI/WSMH)

This Healthy Home report is sponsored by Holland Heating and Cooling.

Here’s a realistic statistic for you if you’re looking for ways to save money on your utility costs.

Did you know that your water heater is your third largest energy user and it accounts for about 14% of your total energy bill?

Today, we're going to look at a few ways to save a lot of money that would have otherwise gone down the drain.

  • Taking showers instead of baths saves on water and also the cost of heating it.
  • Using low flow aerators helps to save water but it still seems like you’re using just as much.
  • Fix broken or dripping faucets. A single faucet dripping hot water can waste as much as 200 gallons a month.
  • Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees. A family of four, each showering for just 5 minutes uses about 700 gallons of water each week. Lowering the temperature can make a big difference on you bills
  • Keep your water hot by insulating pipes that pass through unheated areas.
  • Turn the temperature dial to the vacation setting if you are away from home for more than two days.

By using these simple suggestions, you’ll easily knock a hundred bucks a year off of your energy bill and it’s better for the environment.

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