DIY Green Energy For Homes

Hot Water And How to Use Less Of It

Whether you are washing dishes, clothes or there are big savings in energy to be made if some simple steps are taken.

Why would you want to do this? Well hot water heating can chew up 30 per cent of the home's utility bill and savings here can be measured from the next bill you receive.

Start with the shower you take in the morning and consider whether you could take it a few degrees cooler.

Adjust the thermostat especially in summer by as little as 10? and you will trim 15 per cent of the cost of water heating.

Super hot water is a danger anyway, and despite the feeling, not in the best interests of your health. The shower head can be replaced with one using much less water and a lower pressure further cutting down on water demand.

If you have an old unit, look at the new models at your plumbing supplier and consider an upgrade that could pay for itself in a matter of months.

Ensure that the pipes supplying hot water are well insulated as well because running the shower to get it warm will waste water already having gone through the heating process. Moving from here to the laundry, it may be time to replace that old inefficient machine with limited settings and demanding rinse cycles.

The debate between top loading machines and front loaders seems to center on price but at the outset it is recognized that the former are less energy efficient. They are often cheaper and popular as a result, but the front loading options have larger capacity meaning more washed for the same cost.


You also need to consider that there are savings here not only in water usage with front loading models, but with a higher spin cycle speed more water is removed before the clothes enter a dryer. It is not difficult then to realize the benefits choosing an energy efficient washing machine type is best for you even if these may be slightly more expensive to purchase in the beginning.

Choose cold water cycles in nearly all situations as modern eco-friendly detergents will work just as well with cold as hot water. The latest machines have auto sensors which can accurately asses your dirty washing size and adjust the water demand specifically.

The benefit in this is that energy is saved in the water pump and less hot water is wasted during the process. Water is a scarce resource and has a hidden cost in its reticulation to your home with the energy needed to pump it through pipelines.

In the kitchen the dishwasher is the obvious culprit when it comes to wasting water, and hot water in particular. The best option is a machine that heats its own water and has an efficient energy rating. To maximize the effectiveness of this appliance use it only when fully loaded. Just putting through a few plates or glasses is an alarming waste of energy and water.

Resist the urge to run that hot water faucet when rinsing cooking pans. Fill the sink and when scrubbed, rinse in cold water before draining. This advice should be followed in the bathroom as well. Running your hands under hot water is like bating in dollar notes going down your drain at the same time. Using less hot water is as much about retuning your mind as installing efficient appliances. If you want to see how much your hot water really costs put it on a separate meter and watch the dials spinning around.

If that doesn't motivate you to save then nothing will.

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