Save energy and water by not leaving the water running when you wash dishes.
Saving Water & Energy
The water heater is the second
biggest energy user in the home. You're charged for the water - and for
heating it. An average family can spend about $290 a year just taking
showers, and many families spend more.
- Install a low-flow shower head
They use half the water that regular ones use - and can save $2 a month per family member.
- Turn the water heater thermostat down to 120°F
That saves energy and prevents scalding.
- Take short showers
They use about half as much water as a full bathtub.
- Repair leaky water faucets
One drop a second can waste as much as 25 gallons a week!
- Buying a new water heater?
Get one that is no larger than required for your household needs.
If you use a dishwasher:
- Wash only full loads
It costs exactly the same to wash one dish as a whole load.
- Air dry dishes
If the dishwasher has an air-dry feature, use it.
- Hand-rinse dishes in cold water
and only if you plan to wait a day or more before washing. Most
dishwashers today do a great job of washing dishes without pre-rinsing.
So save energy, water and elbow grease - and time.
- Fill dishwasher with detergent right before running
Dry detergent may harden, while liquid detergent can leak.
- Fill the dishwasher according to the manufacturer's instructions
This will allow the flow of water to properly clean the dishes.
If you wash by hand:
- Rinse dishes in groups rather than one at a time.
- Don't leave the water running.
- Don't wash a few dishes - wait unit you have a sink full.
- Wash laundry in warm or cold water instead of hot
Hot water needs to be used only for oily stains and very dirty loads.
- Lower the thermostat from the recommended 140°F to 120°F
Each 10 degree reduction in water temperature will generally save you 3 to 5 % on your water heating costs.
- Wash and dry only full loads
The machine uses about the same amount of water whether you wash a full load or just one item.
- Clean the dryer lint filter after every load
Clogged filters drive up drying costs.
- Clean your outside dryer exaust vent
It draws unwanted heat away from the house.
- Dry several loads of laundry in a row
Using the heat already there saves money.
- Dry clothes outside in good weather
Sunlight is free!
Last updated September 1, 2015