Who Needs a Cold Shower Though?

This post answers the following questions

1) How can you save electricity when heating up the water?
2) What are the good effects of solar power?
3) What efficient ways should we use in heating and using our hot water?
4) What are the ways to save gas and water?
5) Why does a modern combination boiler is considered a lot more energy-efficient?

Immersion Heater

Heating up the water you use in your home accounts for at least 10% of your electricity bill; often a lot more. Hot water is a necessity; it’s not something anyone can do without. We don’t live in a climate where a cold shower is a luxury. In fact I dread the water not being just the right temperature. I am fussy I guess but I hate getting out of a hot shower into a cold room; anyone else? Here are some tips on saving on hot water bills but not scrimping on the temperature or frequency of your showers.

  • Insulate.

If you’re using a tank for your hot water, it is wise to insulate the hot water pipes and tank itself with a well-fitted jacket (or four) so that you can save more energy in the heating process. The do not have to be custom-made; just make sure that they fit nicely. Doing this will also help the tap water running through your pipes to heat up more quickly, saving you on gas/electricity and water.

  • Control.

To be able to save on electricity, make sure that you know the right controls, and that you have already set them in the right way so that you can get enough hot water when you need it. It is wasteful to heat up more water than you need. A bit of trial and error will ensure you heat just the right amount and don’t waste electricity or gas. Just remember to change the heating schedule when you have guests; or after a cold shower they might not come back. Of course don’t change the schedule if you don’t want them to come back. That gives me an idea for my mother-in-law’s next visit. hmmm

  • Boil the right amount in your kettle

On average we boil twice the water as we need to in the kettle. This can be hugely wasteful as the kettle using a real burst of energy (up to 3KW) to heat the water quickly. If you are boiling for two cups of tea don’t boil ten cups worth of water.

  • Learn to turn the heating mechanism off.

A running faucet is able to waste water at a rate of at least six litres per minute. So learn to turn it off when you’re not using it, especially when you’re brushing your teeth, washing up, or even shaving. If you can, try and use cold water instead.

  • Get a combi boiler

Instead of using an immersion heater get a modern combination boiler in your home. These are considered to be a lot more energy-efficient than the usual hot water tank or cistern system; this is because it has no need of a storage tank, and simply takes cold water from the main supply and heats it up directly. Aside from the cost savings, the use of this type of heating mechanism will reduce your carbon footprint.

  • Go solar.

Yes, it costs quite a bit to have your home fitted with a solar panel, but once it is done, it will save you hundreds of pounds in heating costs. Heating water by means of solar power will not incur any running costs, and aside from the maintenance that the panel will need from time to time, heating up your water will be free. There are government incentives for the use of eco-friendly power sources so it is worth taking a look at what is on offer right now. Solar power has got more efficient of the years and even cool climates can use the technology to good effect.

Hot water is not a creature comfort; it is a must for most of us. There are many established ways to get more efficient in the ways we heat and use our hot out water.

How do you save on your hot water costs?

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Phil Turner has an immersion heater, but rarely uses it having switched to an electric shower. In summer he finds it is cheaper to use the immersion heater than the central heating boiler when hot water is needed

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