Water Heaters and Hot Water
Starting at the top (or maybe at the bottom?): water heaters consume huge amounts of energy. This is going to cost you money every day, no matter what you do, so it makes cents (pardon the pun) to optimize the way you make, store, transport, and use hot water.
Special link: to see a cut away view of a water heater, with a detailed description of the way that it is designed and functions, click here.
The initial costs of solar water heaters are high, but they can be big money savers over the long run.
Flow restrictors do not make for quite as nice a shower experience as low-flow shower heads, but they get the job of lowering your water heater bill done.
Installing a low-flow shower head in your shower is not just good sense, it's a breeze.
Installing water-saving aerators on your faucets is incredibly easy even for the home-repair challenged. You can save around 25 to 40 percent on the hot and cold water running out of each faucet you aerate.
I am not going to tell you what soap to use where. That's up to you. I will give you tips on how to use the least amount of hot water possible.
All right, you refuse to give up your warm, soothing baths for those nasty, energy-efficient showers. You can at least make the following changes to use less hot water.
Before you buy a water heater, remind yourself that the price on the sales tag doesn't tell you how much you will pay to operate it.
Even if you don't want to install the newest energy saving water heater tomorrow, you can still get your old water heater in better energy shape.
Using less water is a twofer: you make your water heater work less and reduce your water bill.