Water & Hot Water Tips

  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees if your dishwasher has a water booster heater. If not, set the water heater at 140 degrees. lower the setting whenever you will be away from home for extended periods. For every 10° you set back your water heater temperature, you cut energy use 3 to 5 percent
  • Follow the steps outlined in the manufacturer’s directions for draining water from your water heater in order to remove accumulated hard-water scale that builds up inside the tank. Timing will depend on the nature of your water supply.
  • Avoid running water continuously while doing dishes, washing up, brushing teeth or shaving. Try filling up the sink and using a stopper instead.
  • Wrap the hot water pipes coming out of your water heater with insulation. Wrap those pipes nearest the heater first for greatest savings.
  • Correct plumbing leaks, running toilets, or dripping faucets ASAP.
  • Keep faucet aerators clean.
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider using solar heating power.


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