In the interest of helping our readers reduce energy and water waste, Sustainable Utah will publish weekly conservation tips contributed by the Student Energy Ambassadors, a program funded by Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas.
By the Student Energy Ambassadors
Water heaters account for roughly 17 percent of U.S. household energy consumption. Water use and energy costs can be diminished through changing a few household habits, as well as adjusting and maintaining your water heater. If you can access the water heater, adjust the heater to the “normal” setting (often where the arrow on the dial lines up with the arrow on the heater) or about 120 degrees. This can save 7-11 percent of water heating costs. A clean furnace filter allows the furnace to work efficiently without expending more energy than is necessary to heat your home. Also, take shorter showers; they account for about two-thirds of your water heating costs, and wash all clothes in cold water with full loads. These simple changes will help you save money and water, as well as reduce your carbon footprint.