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Things you can do to keep Florida's Air Clean


Conserving Electricity at Work and at Home > Hot Water Energy Tip
  • Consider using solar heating sources .
  • Lower the thermostat to 120F (some thermostats are factor preset to 140 degrees).
  • If your electric water heater has two thermostats (one each for the upper and lower heating elements), adjust both thermostats to the same level to prevent one element from doing all the work and wearing out prematurely.
  • If your water heater is an older model, wrap an insulating blanket around it.
  • Install an automatic timer to turn the hot water off and on.
  • Install a heat trap (check valve/piping arrangement) above the water heater to prevent the tendency of hot water rising up from the tank into the pipes, thereby lowering standby losses.
  • Drain a quart of water from the water storage tank every 3 months to remove sediments that prevent heat transfer and lowers the unit's efficiency.
  • Take more showers than baths (an average household will use 15 to 25 gallons of hot water for a bath and less than 10 gallons for a 5-minute shower).
  • Install aerators on faucets and low-flow showerheads to reduce hot water consumption.
  • Repair leaky faucets and showerheads (one drip per second can cost $1 per month).

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Last updated: June 26, 2015


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