How To: Reduce Your Hot Water Usage

Few things feel better than taking a hot shower after being out in the cold - but your shower may be a killer on your hot water usage. Wasting hot water can seriously increase your utility bills, since water heating is typically the second largest energy expense for homeowners. Here’s how to reduce your hot water usage in your home.


Fix Leaks

A small drip coming from your faucet every other minute may not seem like much, but it can add up to equal hundreds of gallons of water a year and tack on unnecessary dollars to your utility bill.


Install Low-Flow Fixtures

Purchasing low-flow fixtures can help you save anywhere from 25% to 60% in your hot water usage.

  • Showerheads: Showerheads with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) are your best bet for maximum water efficiency. There are two basic types of low-flow showerheads: aerating, which creates a misty spray, and laminar, which creates individual streams of water.

  • Faucets: Aerators will help maximize your water flow, and they are generally inexpensive to replace. They can be a big help in conserving water. Aim to purchase an aerator with flow-rates no higher than 1.0 gpm.


Purchase Energy-Efficient Appliances

The biggest expense of washing your clothes and dishes comes from the energy used to heat the water. Energy-efficient washers can make a big impact when it comes to reducing your energy costs.

  • Dishwashers: You can save more water by washing your dishes in an energy-efficient washer than you would by washing them by hand. Features to have in a new dishwasher are booster heaters and cycle selection. Pro tip: Aim to buy ones with an ENERGY STARⓇ label for maximum efficiency.

  • Washing Machines: To reduce hot water usage, wash your clothes in cold water, as this gets them just as clean as hot water does. When purchasing a new washer, choose one that allows you to set the water temperature and levels depending on the loads you’re washing. Also, remember that front loaders use less water and, therefore, less energy than top loaders.


The best way to keep your hot water usage low is by having a properly functioning water heater.  A.B. May has trained technicians to repair or replace water heaters. Give us a call at 913-370-4898 if we can help with your hot water needs.