Water heating accounts for about 15 percent of a family’s utility bill, one of the biggest energy users behind heating and cooling costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are several basic ways to cut your water heating bills, such as use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, and buy a new, more efficient water heater.
Water heating tips to save energy and money
Although most water heaters last 10-15 years, it is best to research new units before the old one fails. Determine the water heater that best meets your needs and look for the ENERGY STAR and EnergyGuide labels. You can find the ENERGY STAR label on water heaters in the several categories. DOE offers more information on long-term water heating savings.
Minnesota Energy Tips is provided twice a month by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Contact the division’s Energy Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-657-3710 with energy questions.