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Friday, January 5, 2018

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Not only is water a precious resource, but piping it into our homes, heating it, and getting rid of waste water can be very expensive.

You can conserve water, conserve energy and conserve a little money with a few simple and inexpensive 'fixes' around your home.

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You can lower your water heating costs by using and wasting less hot water in your home. Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 18 percent of your utility bill after heating and cooling.

Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 F. For every 10 degree F reduction in temperature, you can save from 3 percent to 5 percent on your water heating costs.

Just like insulating your walls or roof, insulating your hot water tank is an easy and inexpensive way to improve energy efficiency and save you money each month. If your water tank is new, it is likely already insulated. If you have an older hot water tank, check to see if it has insulation with an R-value of at least 24. If not, consider insulating your water tank, which could reduce standby heat losses by 25 percent to 45 percent and save you about 7 percent to 16 percent in water heating costs, and should pay for itself in about a year. You can find pre-cut jackets or blankets available from around $20.

If you don't know your water heater tank's R-value, touch it. A tank that is warm to the touch needs additional insulation.

Install low-flow fixtures. Federal regulations require new showerheads and faucets to have low flow rates. Showerheads and faucets that pre-date 1992 can use more than twice as much water as new ones. For a small investment, you can achieve water savings of 25 percent to 60 percent.