Often when we consider how to decrease the costs of our electric bill each month, we think of turning off the lights, changing the thermostat, or only using our washing machine or dishwasher when full. But a primary contributor to your total energy usage is likely a large tank in your garage—the water heater!

Hot water heating can account for 14-18% of an average utility bill (according to the Department of Energy). Many water heaters have factory settings to 140° F, but lowering the temperature to 120° F can lead to significant energy savings! Also, just like insulating your walls or roof, insulating your water heater is an easy and inexpensive way to improve energy efficiency and save you money each month. You can save even more by insulating your home’s hot water pipes once you’re done with water heater insulation.

Another way to save is by upgrading your water heater to a new heat pump water heater, which can be two to three times more energy efficient than conventional ones. Energy-Star certified heat pump water heaters can reduce water heating costs by up to 76% and provide a payback in just 2-3 years! Best of all, KPUB offers a $300 rebate to help offset the cost of this energy-efficient investment!

Learn more at kpub.com/saveenergy.