Are you worried about high water bills and are looking at reducing your water usage? Do you want to drastically cut down your hot water system energy usage? You are not alone as most Aussie households spend a huge amount on energy and water bills and would want help in reducing these recurring costs. Hot water systems account for a considerable amount of home’s water and energy usage and if you take small steps, there is a lot of opportunity to make savings here. As your local hot water plumber, at Horncastle Plumbing we are experts of electric, gas, solar, heat pump and gravity fed hot water systems and through this blog sharing some tips to reduce hot water costs in your home. We are not going to ask you to ditch hot water showers completely – just follow these simple tips to save $$$.
- Install low-flow shower heads: Do you have a water efficient shower head in your bathroom? Conventional shower heads can use up to 20L of water per minute which is quite a lot when compared to modern low-flow shower heads that consume much less. By switching to a low-flow head you can reduce your hot water usage by almost 50%, without compromising on your comfort as you will hardly be able to tell the difference. You could also consider taking shorter showers and keep it under 4 minutes to save more energy and water.
- Use dishwasher and washing machine on full load: Most modern dishwashers and washing machines use less water than old models but it is important to have a full load of laundry or a full dishwasher before setting it. This way you will be using less water than if you washed things by hand or used these appliances on half a load. You could also consider washing clothes and dishes with cold water while reducing your hot water usage as it won’t impact the result as your clothes and dishes will come out just as clean.
- Choose the right hot water system for your house: Save money and achieve optimum comfort by making the right decision and choosing the hot water system that suits your hot water requirements and is energy efficient at the same time. A hot water system is a plumbing device that is used daily and with every usage it accumulates and compounds to your expenses. If you are using an old hot water system you could be stuck with a highly inefficient unit causing higher energy bills. Consider upgrading and replacing the old hot water system with a new, energy efficient unit to keep the water heating costs down. Remember that having the right hot water system for your home can go a long way in helping to save money on your hot water usage and be highly economical in the long run.
- Set your hot water system thermostat just right: Have you ever considered that if your hot water system is running at a higher temperature than it needs to be, then it’s costing you more money than it should. Your hot water system thermostat might be set a little higher than it should be and if you set it at an optimum temperature setting it will improve the efficiency and save running costs. For a storage tank hot water heater, it should be no lower than 60°C and instant water heaters can be set at 50°C.
How to Save Water With Adelaide’s Best Plumber
At Horncastle Plumbing we care about water conservation and lowering your water bills too – which is why our plumbing services are designed to save this precious resource. Our Adelaide hot water plumbers offer tips, advice, and the very best repairs to keep your plumbing system working like it should. Our state-of-the-art hot water plumbing service is available 24×7 and throughout the Adelaide area. We can assist you by providing advice on repairing or replacing your hot water system. Call us now to discuss more!