Last month we went into detail about how to save energy in your home by reducing your heating costs. This month we are up to part two of our four part series on how to save energy in your home which will focus on Hot Water. The reason why we are focusing so much on reducing our energy consumption in our house is to maximize the affect of our do it yourself wind turbine. Remember this, the less energy that you use in your home the more that you can sell back to the energy company – this is what I do and I have been doing this since 2007.
Did you know that hot water accounts for up to 30% of an average household’s energy use? Given that it represents such a large part of the average bill, it’s probably the best and easiest place for you to start saving. Here are some ways you can reduce the cost of using hot water in your home without compromising your comfort and convenience.
- Fit a 3-star rated showerhead in your bathroom. It shouldn’t affect the quality of your shower but it may reduce your water usage by up to 50%
- Insulate any exposed pipes, especially if your hot water service is located outside.
- A dripping hot water tap can waste the equivalent of up to 10 average bathtubs of water a month. Make sure you fix it as soon as possible.
- Where possible, have your licensed plumber lead the hot water pipe down the side of the storage tank for at least 150mm. As the heat rises it will create a heat trap around the pipe saving you energy.
- Replace your electric water heater with a gas, solar or heat-pump system. The saving you make over the long-term should outweigh this cost.
- Make sure that your hot water system is located as close to your bathroom and laundry as possible.
- Use the suds saving function on your washing machine if you have it, as it will significantly reduce the amount of water you use.
- Wash your clothes in cold instead of warm or hot water and you’ll reduce your energy use by up to 90% in some machines.
These tips alone can dramatically reduce your energy consumption which means there will be even less to pay the utility company at the end of the month. Once you get your heating sorted out you can then look at building your own wind turbine like I have done and pay absolutely nothing to power your home. I have been living off the grid since 2007 – I am connected to the grid however I draw none of my power from the grid, it all comes from the wind. Any excess energy gets sold back to the energy company and I get paid at the end of the month for my contribution.
My suggestion to you is to follow our energy saving tips and build your own wind turbine so that you pay absolutely nothing for your electricity.