Summer months may bring warmer weather, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your water heater is doing less work.

In fact, heating your water is the second-largest energy expense in your home, which means cutting down on hot water usage may be worth it.

We’re not saying you have to stop using your dishwasher all together (though we know you’re capable).

Here are seven ways you can keep your water heater bill low.

1. Skip the baths

Is a bath part of your regular routine? If so, maybe it’s time to switch it up. Instead of filling the tub, take showers so you don’t use as much hot water.

2. Reduce shower time

Even if you have eliminated baths, taking a long, hot shower can contribute just as much. Try cutting a few minutes from your shower. If it’s too cold afterward, try running the fan when you get out.

3. Don’t let the water run

You’ve probably been taught not to let the water run, but we all know it’s easy to do! When you’re brushing your teeth, cooking in the kitchen and running water elsewhere in your home, stay mindful of your usage. Small bursts of water can add up!

4. Use cold water

The solution to using less hot water: use cold water! When possible, use cold water in your washing machine in order to save money on heating.

5. Insulate your water heater and pipes

For a relatively low cost, you can choose to insulate your water heater and see around 4 to 9 percent in savings on your energy bill.

6. Upgrade your appliances

It’s not you, it’s your appliances. While that decades-old dishwasher or washing machine may be serving you well, it may be worth it to upgrade to a newer, energy-efficient model. You’ll end up saving in the long run.

7. Turn down the tank temp

Turning down the temperature on your water heater is a simple way to save on heating costs. Be sure to research which temperature is right for you.

If you’re looking to upgrade to energy-efficient appliances, or you’re experiencing a plumbing emergency, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing can help! Our punctual plumbers are trained and experience in a variety of areas and have your best interests in mind. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a service.