According to Sustainability Victoria, a full 15% of the energy used in your home goes straight to heating water. You might not realize it but between long, hot showers and washing dishes every day, your household uses a lot of hot water!
Looking for ways to reduce the cost of hot water? Check out these expert tips from your friendly Sutherland Shire neighbourhood plumber.
1. Low Flow Showerheads
Who is up for saving money on hot water costs without changing a single habit? Everybody’s got their hands in the air? Though so.
The easiest way to save money on hot water is to use less hot water. Low-flow showerheads help you do that — without having to cut your showers short.
A standard showerhead in Australia uses about 20 litres of water per minute. Low-flow showerheads generally cut that to 10 litres per minute. Some even get down to 6 litres!
2. Buy Power When It’s Cheaper
Electricity in Australia doesn’t cost the same every minute of the day. During the off-peak hours of the day, the tariffs drop. You can take advantage of this by putting your electric water heating system on a timer that only allows it to heat water during the cheaper periods.
3. Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Another large consumer of hot water in the home is your laundry machine. However, this isn’t necessary. You don’t need to wash all your clothes in hot water. Just things like socks and underwear that you want to be sure are extra clean.
As a bonus, washing jeans and coloured clothing in cold water helps preserve your clothing longer. Hot water is what typically bleeds away the colour.
4. Switch to a Different Heating System
Is it time to replace your hot water heating system? Just because you currently have an electric one, doesn’t mean you have to replace it with an electric one. Research the different prices of energy in your area to find out which would be a cheaper option. If you can, switching to solar panels is even better. You’ll save money and help save the planet at the same time!
Not sure about the best option for you? Call Curran Plumbing in the Sutherland Shire for expert advice as you choose a new water heating system.
Watch Your Energy Bills Go Down
These are only a few of the many ways that you can save money on water heating costs. If you don’t mind changing up some habits you can also take showers instead of baths or take shorter showers if you already do this.
Plus, you can avoid doing the dishes by hand and use an energy-efficient dishwasher instead. Who is going to complain about that one?