Sure Energy Savers: Water — Hot and Cold
- Fix leaks. Small leaks add up to many gallons of water and dollars wasted each month. Water conservation saves energy and money, especially when it is hot water.
- Use water-saving faucets , showerheads , and toilets and urinals to save water.
- Install an insulation blanket on water heaters seven years of age or older, and insulate the first 3 feet of the heated water "out" pipe on both old and new units.
- If buying a new water heater, always buy the most efficient model possible. In areas of infrequent water use, consider "tankless" water heaters to reduce "standby" storage costs and waste.
- Set water temperature only as hot as needed (110-120 degrees) to prevent scalds and save energy (check local codes for specific temperatures).
- When landscaping, practice green landscaping (greenscaping or xeriscaping) to preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution by using plants native to your climate that require minimal watering and possess better pest resistance. If local code allows, consider diverting "gray water" for irrigation rather than using fresh water.