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Is Your Water Heater Temperature Too Hot?

 

On a cold winter morning, sometimes there’s nothing better than a hot shower to get you warmed up and ready for your day. But if you’re not careful, the hot water can be a little too hot — for you and your children, and also for your wallet.

Here’s how to make sure you keep you and your family from scalding temperatures when the temptation to move that hot water knob a little further to the left hits. Set your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will prevent you and your little ones from accidental harm when taking a bath or shower, or even washing your hands.

Some manufacturers do recommend 140 degrees, but if you have young children in your home, it’s especially important keep your temperature setting at 120 degrees or slightly below. Further, lowering the temperature can decrease your bill by an estimated $10-30 annually for each 10 degree decrease in temperature.

But what about your ensuring your water is hot enough to sanitize dishes in your dishwasher? No worries, that’s why dishwashers have heat boosters. Dishwasher manufacturers actually point to monthly water bill savings as a benefit of heat boosters because you don’t have to keep your entire house at a higher temperature to make sure your dishes are clean.

Are there any cons? The only risk of lowering the water heater temperature is may allow bacteria to build up with the lower temperature. However, most people in general good health do not have to worry. If you have a suppressed immune system or chronic respiratory problems consider keeping it at 140. If you have small children, or are elderly, make sure to add mixing valves at each sink or shower which will help prevent you from scalding accident.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! You can reach the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

How To Reduce Your Water Heating Bills

 

Did you know that the water heating system is the second largest user of energy in most American  homes? The good news is, according to the US Department of Energy, there are a number of ways that you can reduce your water heating bills. Many of its suggestions[1], found on energy.gov and highlighted in bold below, will impact your bill incrementally but when used together, can begin to make a notable change in your bills.

Use less water. This seems obvious, but it’s an unescapable fact. Use less water and you pay less money.

Install low flow showerheads and faucets. If you prefer a higher flow for showers and can’t see giving that luxury up, you may want to consider installing low flow faucets throughout your home.

Buy a more efficient model. Do your research and take a look at newer options such as tankless water heaters, heat pumps, tankless coil/indirect and last but not least, solar hot water heaters.

Purchase energy star appliances. Energy star appliance have come a long way in recent years and the options are endless. From hot water heaters to dishwashers and clothes washers, this choice can no doubt make a difference in your bills.

Wash your clothes in cold water. If using less water isn’t an option, using cold water can also take your bill down an extra notch. While sometimes you need to use hot water, if you make cold water washing your everyday choice, you will see your bill come down incrementally.

Turn down your water heater thermostat. Lowering your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees will not only impact your bill, it will keep your family safer from potential scalding – especially if you have young children in your home.

Fix leaks and make sure to turn off that tap. Energy.gov estimates that even one drip per second can cost you a dollar a day.

Insulate your water heater and pipes. Especially in the winter months, this tip can save you some real dollars. That said, make sure to follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for doing so.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

[1] Source: Energy.gov, “New Infographic and Projects to Keep Your Bills Out of Hot Water,” https://energy.gov/articles/new-infographic-and-projects-keep-your-energy-bills-out-hot-water, April 19, 2013.