Things you can do to keep Florida's Air Clean
- 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
- 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
- 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).
More Things You Can Do
September 11, 2013