Water Saving Tips for Your Home That Conserve Energy By: Sarah Bernheim Following water saving tips at home is an important part of water conservation. Tips that save energy as well as H2O are just as welcome. Some conservation strategies will not only lower your water bills but will reduce your monthly energy bills too. Savvy consumers know that conservation isn’t just about sacrifice but also about savings. These four effective conservation ideas can put green in your pocket and can help green up the environment as well. 1. Energy-Efficient Water Heaters When looking for water conservation ideas that also save energy, think hot. Keeping gallons and gallons of H2O heated around the clock just so that it’s available when wanted is a water-wasting approach, but that’s the way that conventional heaters work. Heaters older than ten years are even less energy efficient. Because they are designed to deliver heat only on demand, tankless or semi-tankless heaters are far more energy efficient and can save you 10 to 20 percent on your heating bills. 2. Affordable Water-Heater Strategies If your budget won’t accommodate a new heater, wrap your existing model up in an affordable water- heater blanket and save up to 9 percent on heating bills. If you lower the heater’s temperature from 130 degrees to 120 degrees, you can knock up another 5 percent off your monthly bill, or about $100 each year. Consider insulating hot pipes that run from the heater with foam for additional savings. With insulated pipes, you won’t have to wait as long for hot H2O to reach faucets, showerheads and appliances. 3. Energy-Saving Appliances Heating H2O for domestic usage accounts for up to 15 percent of an average household’s monthly energy bills. Choosing appliances that conserve hot water saves energy too. Opt for front-loading clothes washers over top-loaders. They not only conserve more H2O and energy but extract more moisture from clothes during the rinse cycle as well, reducing time spent in an energy-guzzling dryer. Operating a dishwasher and washer only when they’re full can save you up to 1,000 gallons of H2O each month. When shopping for a dishwasher, look for models with soil sensors that automatically adjust the amount of hot water in accordance to how dirty the dishes are, saving both energy and H2O. Skip the hot-water cycle altogether and save around $60 each year. Tests done by the nation’s leading consumer publication indicated that pre-rinsing dishes before loading them into a dishwasher is unnecessary and wastes up to 6,500 gallons per year.