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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Water Energy-Saving Tips

Water Use
Did you know the average hot water use rates for the following activities?  


Activity

Gallons/Use

Clothes Washing

32

Showering

20

Automatic Dishwashing

12

Preparing Food

5

Hand Dishwashing

4


Water heating can account for 14% - 25% of the energy consumed in your home.

Tips

To conserve water and energy, we suggest you try the following:
  • Install covers on pools and spas to avoid water evaporation.
  • Insulate the first 6 feet of hot and cold water pipes. It reduces heat loss and can raise the water temperature 2° - 4°F.
  • Don’t use running water to thaw food.
  • Plug the bathtub before turning the water on.
  • When shopping for a new washing machine, dishwasher, or hot water heater look for Energy Star models. They will save water, energy, and money.
  • Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm. They’re cheap, easy to install, and save hundreds of gallons a week.
  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full. You could save 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Soak pots and pans rather than let them sit under running water while you scrape them clean.
  • Turn off water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute – that’s 10,000 gallons a year for a family of four.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk. You could save up to 80 gallons of water every time.
  • Repair leaky faucets promptly.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F. It can save 3% - 5% in energy costs.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Consider installing a drain water waste heat recovery system. It could have an energy savings of 25% - 30%.
  • Insulate hot water heaters according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Consider using on-demand natural gas or tankless water heaters.
  • You might qualify for tax credits or rebates for buying a solar water heater.

 
Town of Clayton
P.O. Box 1130
414 Main Street
Clayton, DE 19938

Ph: (302) 653-8419
Fx: (302) 653-2017
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