In Newfoundland and Labrador hot water accounts for about 13% of a home’s electricity usage. That means that water heating cost you about $245 a year. Here are some ways you can save money by cutting down on how much hot water your use:
Wash clothes in cold water. Washing your clothes in cold water can save you over $175 a year. Water heating accounts up to 90% of the energy your washer uses.
Need a new washer? Certain energy efficient models qualify for a $100 takeCHARGE rebate.
Installing a high performance showerhead can save you about $35 annually. Plus, get a $10 instant rebate during Instant Rebate campaigns.
Take a short shower instead of a bath to cut you hot water use by over half.
For as low as $5 you can add an aerator to your kitchen faucet and save about $14 a year.
Hang up that dish cloth. Dishwashers use less water than washing by hand. Make sure the dishwasher is full and if you are in the market for a new one, choose ENERGY STAR®.
Reduce heat loss by wrapping the first three feet of piping to and from your hot water tank.
Going on vacation? Turn off your electric water heater at the panel.