A nice hot shower in the morning, a great way to start the day.

Starting your day with a nice hot shower can be a wonderful way to start the day, especially if it is followed by a cup of coffee!

BUT, have you considered how much electricity, a.k.a. power, is used to make that lovely hot water?

According to information we were able to find online a “average” hot water heater runs for about three hours each day and the “average” family uses about 45 gallons of hot water a day. 

If your hot water heater (electric) runs for three hours each day and consumes 4,000 watts of power it will cost you roughly $54.17 each month; that works out to be about $650 each year.

We thought it might be a good idea to see what we can do to reduce our consumption of power and lower our monthly costs.  If you consider the following it can help:

  • Make sure your shower is equipped with a “low-flow” fixture
  • Use cold water for the laundry
  • When you are brushing your teeth, turn the hot water off
  • When you are shaving, turn the hot water off
  • Perhaps consider a shorter/quicker shower
  • Consider a newer more efficient hot water heater

Electricity in Vermont is very expensive, there are 42 states with less expensive power.  But did you know that us Vermonters, despite our expensive rates, pay a lot less that people across the country?  That seems odd!  Our electricity is very expensive yet we spend a lot less than most other Americans.  Why is that?

There are those that think we are so environmentally conscious that we consume less electricity.  One other popular opinion is that we use far less power for Air Conditioning that other states. 

The truth is that all of us need to actively conserve the amount of power we use.

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