Hot Water Usage (based on national averages)
Clothes washer: 26%
Water heating is the third largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 14% of your utility bill.
There are four ways to cut your water heating bills: use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate your water heater, or buy a new, more efficient water heater. A family of four, each showering for 5 minutes a day, uses 700 gallons of water a week; this is enough for a 3-year supply of drinking water for one person. You can cut that amount in half simply by using low-flow nonaerating showerheads and faucets.
Water Heating Tips
If you heat with electricity and you have an unshaded, south-facing location (such as a roof) on your property, consider installing a solar water heater. More than 1.5 million homes and businesses in the United States have invested in solar water heating systems and over 94% of these customers consider the systems a good investment. Solar water heating systems are also good for the environment. Solar water heaters avoid the harmful greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity production. During a 20 year period, one solar water heater can avoid over 50 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
When shopping for a solar water heater, watch for systems certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC).
For more information on how you can save money on your water heating bill, contact:
American Solar Energy Society (ASES), (303) 443-3130
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), (407) 638-1015
Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association, (703) 525-9565
Owens Corning Customer Service Hotline, (800) GET-PINK (800-438-7465)
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), (202) 383-2600
Solar Rating and Certification Corporation
(SRCC), (407) 638-1537