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How to Save Money on Water Heater

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

How to Save Money on Water Heater


The cost of water and energy is going up, so it's important to save money on your water bill. Here are some tips for how to do that:

Turn down the thermostat

If you are not a fan of turning down the heat, consider turning off your water heater. When you turn off the water heater at night or while away, you can save up to 15% on your energy bill.

  • Turn down the thermostat. A typical household has a water heater set between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (55-60 degrees Celsius). Turning it down even 10 degrees will reduce both costs and wear on the tank. If need be, have someone come out and perform an energy audit to determine how much money could be saved by lowering your water temperature setting.
  • Shut off when leaving home for work or vacation. Every time you leave home for several hours at a time without using hot showers or other appliances that require hot running water (such as washing machines), it's best practice to turn off your heating system so that it doesn't accidentally overheat while no one is there to use it. This also prevents potential fires from starting due to overheated elements inside of pipes which may start melting due being left alone for too long during periods where nobody uses them regularly anymore in order avoid wasting resources unnecessarily!"

Better insulate your water heater

To further insulate your water heater, wrap a blanket or towel around it. This can be done by first wrapping the blanket or towel around the water heater itself, and then securing it with duct tape if necessary.

If you have more than one water heater in your home, you may want to wrap each one individually as well—though this will require more blankets or towels (or both).

Turn off the hot water when you don't need it

When you’re not using hot water, turn it off. You might think that it takes a long time to heat up the water again when needed, but you can save money on your energy bills by turning off the hot water when you don’t need it. For example:

  • Turn off the hot water when washing dishes or cleaning your hands. These activities take less than 30 seconds and won’t need as much heating time as a full bathtub anyway.

Take shorter showers

  • Showers are one of the biggest uses of water in your home.
  • A 10-minute shower, for example, can use up to 20 gallons of water and a 5-minute shower can use up to 4 gallons.
  • There are two ways you can reduce the amount of water used by your shower: 1) Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater or 2) shorten your showers (the latter will save money).
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Don't run partial loads in the dishwasher

One thing you can do to save money on water heater is not running partial loads in the dishwasher. Running a partial load will cause the hot water temperature to drop and thus make you run more hot water than necessary. If it’s possible, don’t run your dishwasher when you don’t have to or do not need it to be clean.

Another way that you could save on water heater bills is by making sure that no one runs the dishwasher while they are away from home or asleep at night when no one needs dishes cleaned. There are also many other ways that people can save money on their monthly utility bills including turning off lights when leaving rooms and turning down thermostats during colder months so heating systems do not have as much work to do!

save money on your water bill

You can save money on your water bill by using less of it. This is easier said than done, but it's possible to cut down on the amount of hot water you use without sacrificing comfort or cleanliness. Here are some tips for doing so:

  • Use cold water in the kitchen and bathroom. When washing dishes or rinsing fruits and vegetables, use cold water instead of warm or hot. It will work just as well at removing food particles, and will save you money in utility costs too!
  • Be mindful when taking showers. If you're bathing more than once a day (or even every other day), try reducing that number as much as possible until you can go several days between showers without feeling unclean (or smelly). If there aren't any guests coming over soon, perhaps consider skipping baths entirely for now? Over time this will help build up savings toward new appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines that consume less energy per load than older models do - especially if they have energy-efficient designs like frontloaders instead of top loaders"


There you have it: the best ways to save money on your water bill. By making these simple changes in your daily routine, you can reduce the amount you spend on utilities and keep more cash in your pocket!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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