Reduce Hot Water Use
- Switch to low-flow showerheads. Low-flow fixtures have a pretty bad reputation. However, new low-flow models use as little as 2 gallons per minute while still pumping out water at 80 psi. That means you can save water without sacrificing the water pressure we all love first thing in the morning.
- Hunt down and fix leaks. Even a minor leak wastes water over time, and fixing them is a great way to reduce your hot water use as well as prevent potential water damage.
- Replace the aerators on your faucets with a low flow option. You can save up to 50% of the water you use at the tap by replacing your old aerators with new low-flow models. Standard aerators use 2 gallons per minute, while low flow can use as little as 1 gallon per minute.
- Put down the sponge! Modern dishwashers can use up to 20 gallons less than washing dishes by hand, so save yourself some work and let the dishwasher do it for you.
Cut Down on Heat Waste in Your Water Heater
- Invest in a water heater blanket. Everyone likes a nice warm blanket when the weather gets cold, and your water heater is no different. You can pick up an insulating water heater blanket from your local hardware store to reduce heat loss in the tank, which will stop your water heater from having to reheat the water in the tank as often.
- Reduce heat loss in your pipes. Your water can lose much heat as it travels through pipes. Pick up some cheap pipe insulation from your hardware store to reduce the amount of heat being sucked out of the water as it goes to the fixture.
- Turn down your water heater thermostat. Reducing your water temperature from 140 degrees F to 120 degrees F could reduce your energy use by 6-10% without any noticeable difference at the tap.