How much hot water are you using? On average a medium user of hot water uses 76 litres per day. In just one month, a medium user in your household will use approximately 2,280 litres of hot water!
Think about that for a second. How much money could you be saving on your energy bills if you cut the cost of heating water? Let’s look at a few tricks you can try to find out!
1. Save Baths for a Special Occasion
Does anybody in your family love taking baths? Maybe you fill up the tub every day for your kids to play with their rubber duckies and have fun splashing around. However, that habit is using a lot of water.
It depends on the size of your bathtub, but an average-sized one can hold 132.5 litres of water. If one person is taking a bath, they’re already using more than that of a medium user just to get clean!
Go for a shower instead and save the bath for a special occasion.
2. Turn Down the Heat
What is your thermostat set at? Anything higher than 65 degrees Celsius is overkill. Your water heating system is working overtime to heat the water unnecessarily hot. Plus, you run the risk of scalding yourself when you turn on the tap.
Particularly in households with children, 60 degrees is plenty hot enough and you keep everyone safe from being scalded. If you have guests over, you can turn it up a little to ensure that everyone has enough hot water. Just don’t forget to turn it back down when they leave.
3. Fix Your Leaks
Drip. Drip. Drip. A faucet leaking in the night is not only annoying but also a big money waster, especially when leaking hot water. Even a tap that is slowly dripping can waste up to 9,000 litres of water per year. A leaky toilet can waste considerably more — over 60,000 litres.
As soon as you notice a leak, get out your plumber’s hat and get it fixed. Don’t feel confident fixing leaky faucets? Call Curran Plumbing in Wollongong to get them fixed up quick!
4. Doing the Dishes
There are several ways you can ensure you are using as little water as possible when it comes to washing dishes. First, make sure you have an energy-efficient dishwasher. Then, make sure that you only run it when it is full. A dishwasher uses the exact same amount of water whether there is one dish in the machine or fifty.
You can save even more water by not rinsing your dishes before loading them up. Modern dishwashers are capable of getting dried food off the dishes so no worries there.
Saving on Hot Water Is Easy!
There you have it, a few simple tips that can help you save big on hot water costs. Did you think it would be hard? It isn’t really, it just takes a bit of mindfulness in how much water you use.