How to Save on Water and Water Heating Costs This Winter

How to Save on Water and Water Heating Costs This Winter

Due to the costs associated with keeping our homes warm, the winter season can be hard on our wallets, especially in frigid states like Massachusetts. Thankfully, there are some small actions you can take to reduce your utility bills. Read on to learn more about how you can save on your water and water heating bills during the winter.

Keep Showers Short

While this tip is a good idea throughout any season, it can be particularly important to keep in mind during the winter when it’s tempting to take a long, hot shower to chase away the winter chill. Though it may feel good to drench yourself in as much hot water as you can, try to keep your showers short to conserve hot water and keep your water bill low.

Lower Your Water Heater Temperature

Most water heaters allow you to decrease the temperature it heats water to. Lowering its maximum temperature can not only save you money on your utilities, but can also prevent you from scalding yourself. After consulting with your water heater owner’s manual, consider lowering your water heater thermostat 10 to 20 degrees lower than its highest setting. Many sources recommend setting your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.

Wash Your Clothes with Cool Water

While traditional wisdom dictates that warm water is necessary for laundry detergent to work, today that’s simply not the case. Nowadays, laundry detergent can be effective at lower water temperatures, which means that you can wash nearly all of your clothes in cool water. Next time you decide to do a load of laundry, set your washer to wash and rinse your clothes in cool water. If the water temperature during the wash cycle is at 60 degrees, you should get effective cleaning action from your detergent.

Insulate Your Water Heater

Though many people understand that insulating one’s house can improve energy efficiency, fewer understand that insulating a water heater accomplishes the same goal. Most new water tanks are built with insulation, but older water tanks require insulating blankets to lower heat loss. Thankfully, this piece of insulation equipment is inexpensive and will eventually pay for itself.

While the tips above may seem like small adjustments, together they could add up to big savings on your water and water heating bills this season. For more winter saving suggestions, including information on how winter may affect your plumbing, be sure to consult with a professional.