6 Tips for Reducing Hot Water Electricity Consumption
16 Jul 2018
Your water heater ensures that you and your family always have hot water at the taps. That’s vital for everything from taking a shower in the morning before work to washing up after supper. However, it comes at a cost. The more your water heater works, the higher your electric bill is. Here are six tips for reducing how water electricity consumption to save some money.
1. Set a Lower Temp
One way to reduce the amount of electricity your water heater consumes is to set it to a lower temperature. However, you need to keep it within the safe range defined by the UK’s Consumer Product Safety Commission. A lower, yet safe, temperature would be around 49 degrees C. This helps reduce the number of times your heater turns on to keep water at a specific temperature.
2. Use Less Hot Water
Another way to reduce electricity related costs is to use less hot water in the first place. Cut your showers shorter, run the dishwasher only when necessary and the like. Wash your hands with cold water.
3. Cut Out Baths
If you take baths regularly, you’re driving up your electric bill. It takes a great deal more water to fill up a tub than it does to wet you in the shower. All that hot water must be replaced, and that requires electricity. Cut out baths and switch to showers – you might be surprised at how much money this can save you over time.
4. Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Washing clothes is important, but many consumers use hot water for this. While hot water can sometimes be necessary, cold water usually does just as well, and you’re not draining the water heater to clean your clothing. Unless you’re washing clothes with grease or oil stains, or something that needs to be sanitised, then cold water is more than sufficient.
5. Maximise Dishwasher Efficiency
Dishwashers can be very convenient. They save time and effort, and are actually a bit better on your water usage than washing dishes by hand (modern models only). However, if you’re not using this appliance correctly, it may be costing you a lot of money per year. Run only full loads, and make sure that you load the trays correctly to maximise cleaning power. Never run partial loads, as this is just a waste of hot water, electricity and money.
6. Invest in a More Efficient Water Heater
Finally, you may find that your water heater is old and outdated. If that’s the case, then it likely does not have enough insulation to maintain water at your desired temperature for very long. Investing in a more efficient unvented water cylinder can be a very smart move.
Interested in learning more about your options when it comes to modern water heaters? Get in touch with us at EasyFlow. You can reach us at 0161 941 5571 and we’d be happy to discuss the available models.