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Conserve Your Use of Hot Water

Hot water usage is the second largest user of electricity in the home. Conserving hot water is easy and has the potential to save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bills each year. Reducing the amount of hot water you use is easy with the many products available to make it convenient and quick to do. In many cases you won’t even notice the difference after the change, except your utility bills will be lower.

Did you know:

  • The typical 1994 shower head uses up to 7 gallons of water per minute.
    • If you take a 10 minute shower, it will take 70 gallons of water for that shower.
  • New low flow shower heads use around 1.5 gallons of water per minute or about 15 gallons of water for that same 10 minute shower.
    • You’ve just saved 55 gallons of water per shower with that one change.
  • The best way to save water is to reduce the time the water is running.

What to do:

  • Replace your shower heads with low flow models.
    • A wide variety of low flow shower heads are available.
  • Insert flow restrictors on all faucets.
    • Restrictors are available at hardware stores or may be available for free or cost by your water supplier.
  • Reduce your shower times to 5 minutes. That is more than enough time to get clean!