Hot Water Systems account for about 21% of energy use in Australian homes. It’s the second-largest energy consumption at home, next to air conditioning units.
We use hot water at home for many purposes, like taking hot showers, cleaning dishes, and cleaning clothes, among others. Despite being essential in our day-to-day life, we often take it for granted. Next thing you know, your monthly bill keeps on increasing because of inefficient use of hot water.
Reducing hot water use is a great way to save money on energy bills. It also makes your home more energy-efficient. Here are some tips to help reduce your costs.
Install water-efficient showerheads and tapware.
The majority of the consumption of hot water in your home is in the bathroom. Use water-efficient showerheads and tapware (at least 3 stars) to reduce the use of hot water significantly.
Shorten your shower times
Do you know how long you take in the shower? You may be taking more time than necessary, thus also using more hot water than necessary. Use a shower timer to serve as a gentle reminder to everyone in your household to save water and energy.
Use a washing machine with cold and warm water options
How you do your laundry and the type of washing machine you use can help you save money and energy. Buy a washing machine that allows you to choose warm or cold water or even have economy cycles. If you can, buy a front loader since it uses less water and detergent. It may cost more but will save you more in the long run. If you are already using a top loader, use cold water.
Even if it is just a small drip or minor leak, it can put a substantial drain on your energy bill if you ignore it for longer. Repair dripping hot water taps and leaking appliances, including the relief valve on your hot water system. A relief valve on your hot water system protects storage water units by relieving excess pressure in the system.
Set the thermostat to above 60°C
Ensure that the thermostat of your storage hot water system is set to above 60°C to prevent harmful Legionella bacteria. A lower setting may allow the growth of this bacteria, which causes legionellosis illnesses, including the pneumonia-type Legionnaires’ disease and the mild flu-like Pontiac fever.
Turn it off when not in use for a long time
If you are going on a holiday, it’s a good idea to turn off your hot water system. And when you return, make sure that the storage water is heated and stored above 60°C for at least 35 minutes before use. This will kill any bacteria that may have developed. It could take several hours for the water to heat above 60°C.
Set your continuous flow hot water system to no more than 50°C
If you have a continuous flow hot water system, it should be set to 50°C or below. Anything higher than this is consuming more energy than necessary. There are continuous flow hot water systems that limit the temperature to 50°C, which reduces the scald hazard. You may also contact a licensed plumber and gas fitter to install temperature limiting devices.
Take care of your hot water system properly
All hot water systems should be maintained and serviced according to manufacturers’ instructions to ensure that the system is working to its best capacity.
Trust Link Plumbing and Gas Service for your hot water needs
The licensed plumbers and gas fitters at Link Plumbing and Gas Service will be glad to assist you with all your hot water needs. Get in touch with us for a consultation on water and energy-saving techniques and other hot water queries. Contact us on 08 6252 0326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.