Keep your energy bills out of hot water

There’s nothing seasonal about hot water. We need it. We use it every day. In this series of posts Practical Systems explores how we use hot water and how to use less.

Average Hot Water Usage

Ever wonder how much hot water you use on a daily basis? Plenty. Every time you turn on a hot water tap or power up a washing machine or dishwasher, if you’re not using energy efficient appliances more money goes down the drain than you might imagine.  Check out this information from the Federal Energy Management Program.


Gallons per Use

Clothes washer




Automatic dishwasher


Kitchen faucet flow

2 per minute

Bathroom faucet flow

.05 per minute

Total daily average


Source: Federal Energy Management Program Energy Cost Calculator, March 2010


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