Energy saving tips for hot water
If your boiler is using home heating oil to heat your water, it’s costing you money every time you have a shower or run a bath. When you think about it that way, it’s no wonder you’re always getting yelled at to “get out of the bathroom you’ve been in there forever!” normally by an irate family member who might also be the bill payer. Instead, read these energy saving tips for hot water (to make sure you’re not in hot water with the bill payer) without sacrificing your morning shower routine.
Change your habits
Showers use less hot water than baths, but even so, a 20-minute shower will still run up your heating bill if you’re doing it every day. If you can cut your showers down by a couple of minutes each day this will really help you to save money on your home heating oil in the long run. If you constantly run the hot water tap when you’re doing your dishes, you’re washing money down the drain. Use a basin instead which will save you water and money.
Invest in the right equipment
Water efficient showerheads and reduced capacity baths are brilliant additions to your home as they will by design use less water and therefore cost you less in hot water terms to use them. If you’re thinking about upgrading your other kitchen appliances like washing machines and dishwashers, newer models generally are made to be more water efficient which is good news for you.
You insulate your pipes to stop them from freezing in the lovely cold weather in Northern Ireland, but do you insulate your hot water pipes too? Keeping more of the heat in the pipes keeps the water hotter when it reaches you, and it also helps your taps to run hot water more quickly.
Take action against leaks
Dripping taps are costing you money, especially if it’s the hot tap that’s wasting hot water. If you can’t fix it yourself, call in a professional to help you. You can also ask their advice on ‘low flow’ taps while they’re there which can be fitted to bathroom and kitchen sinks and help you use less water.
Adjust the settings on your boiler and thermostat
Making sure your hot water settings are correct will help you manage your water costs more efficiently. Many people have unwittingly set these too high, so the cost of heating water is likely to exceed the 10% of the energy bill or approximately a quarter of the fuel used by the boiler that most households use. The temperature setting of your hot water should be around 60-65 OC. This sometimes isn’t possible to adjust manually with an old boiler, but if you are thinking of upgrading, a modern combi-boiler will provide you with instant hot water and generally be more efficient than a boiler that heats the water and then stores it in a water tank for when you want to use it.