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Smart Tips to Lower Your Hot Water System Energy Bills

by Andy Butler

Hot water systems are common in many Australian homes, mainly due to the cold weather we experience. Hot water units are easy to install. They are also cost-effective and last for an extended period of time. Most hot water systems add up to less than 20 percent of the total household energy bills, although it can sometimes be higher than that. In this guide, we will discuss smart ways to reduce your monthly hot water bills.

1. Take shorter showers

To reduce the amount of energy you spend on showers, limit the time you take for your showers. Spending less than 5 minutes will significantly reduce your bills. Also, have cooler showers, especially during summers. Install a low flow showerhead, and consider taking showers instead of baths.

2. Reduce the temperature of your hot water

Switch off electricity to your hot water system if you are not using the gas models. Use a thermometer to find out the existing temperature. Mark the start of the thermostat of your hot water system and then start adjusting the temperature to meet your household needs. When you set your desired temperature, reconnect the power, and check it after several hours. Mark your new thermostat setting.

3. Repair the leaky fixtures

Leakages contribute significantly to high hot water bills. A single drop per second can add up to many gallons in one year. The leakage is wasteful and increases the bills even when you are not using the water. If you cannot fix the leakages by yourself, call a plumber to help you.

4. Insulate your tank

Insulating the water storage tank reduces heat loss and prevents hot water units from rising rapidly. The insulation applies to all types of tanks, whether it uses electricity, oil, or natural gas. When insulating, consider the manufacturer's recommendations and warnings. Call your plumber for help during the tank insulation process.

5. Install heat traps

Heat traps facilitate the flow of cold water in the tank. They also prevent unwanted convection and heat from getting out of the unit. If you are using a modern water heater, confirm that it has an inbuilt heat trap as most have them. However, if you are using an older model of water heater, it will be a viable option to install a good heat trap.  Your professional plumber will give you more details.

6. Buy energy-saving appliances

Modern water heaters are more energy effective than conventional ones. The same case applies to dishwashers, showers and washing machines. If you are using the traditional ones, switch to the new designs, and save both energy and money.

There are many ways you can observe to lower your water heating bills, but the above are the main ones. Pay attention to them and call your plumber whenever you experience a problem.