NC State Extension

Water Heater, Water Pipes, and Water Conservation Resources

Hot Water Heater:

  • Lower water temperature setting – Materials list and step-by-step instructions
  • New Water Heaters imageWater Heat Savings – You can significantly reduce your energy costs and extend the life of your water heater by giving it a little attention. Water heating can account for up to 18 percent of your home’s energy, so it is worth investigating ways to make water heating more efficient.Saving Energy with Heating Water image
  • Water Heating Options– New Water Heaters – If you’re in the market for a new water heater or are doing homework to know what’s available once the old one quits working, you will have a variety of choices to consider and discuss with your heating contractor or plumber.
  • Hot Water Tank Insulation – This is a good video/demonstration
  • Insulate hot water pipes – Materials list and step-by-step instructions.
  • Adjust water heater temp and install insulation blanket – First 2 minutes focusses on adjusting temperature setting.  2:00 – insulating pipes.

Tips for Saving Money on Water Heating – Ignore first 45 seconds.  3:30 – Insulation

2 quick ways to cut bathroom energy loss (Video)- At the 1:06 mark, this video demonstrates how to install a low flow showerhead.

Resources from Conserveh20.org (http://www.conserveh2o.org/):

How to retrofit an older toilet to save up to a gallon per flush

How to retrofit an older toilet to save up to a gallon per flush (PDF script)

How to use your water meter to check for leaks

How to use your water meter to check for leaks (PDF script)

Sprinkler system maintenance tips

Sprinkler system irrigation  maintenance tips (PDF script) 

How to use a watering gauge to measure your sprinkler’s water use

How to use a watering gauge to measure your sprinkler's water use (PDF script)

Alternatives to lawn

how to video on lawn or turf alternatives (PDF script)

How to cut standby power loss – Standby power loss accounts for as much as 20% of your bill. Learn where it occurs, and see three new gadgets that can help reduce it.

Written By

Photo of Laura LanghamLaura LanghamEnergy Conservation Program Manager (919) 515-8474 laura_langham@ncsu.eduAgricultural and Human Sciences - NC State University
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