Hot, warm, or cold. Which is the best temperature for all the water you use each day? Although hot water is still called for in some instances, many of the tasks you have to accomplish now only require warm or cold water. If you want to reduce the energy your hot water heater uses, consider cooling things down.
For a comfortable and yet healthy shower, you may want to combine hot and cold water. Hot showers feel fantastic. They warm you up after a night in bed and ease muscles while providing a nice steam to combat congestion. In addition to those benefits, hot showers can ease anxiety by raising your oxytocin levels.
Unfortunately, hot showers can dry out your hair and skinPlus, an entire family taking daily hot showers can really up your energy bills. Water heating accounts for 17% of your home's electricity usage.
If going completely cold does not sound inviting, start off with hot or warm water and turn down the temperature for the last few minutes of your shower. The cold water can wake you up and literally get your blood pumping. If you have strained muscles from exercise, the cold water will help you recover. Cold water also increases your metabolism, strengthens your immune system, and helps you burn fat. Your skin and hair will also appreciate a break from too much hot water.
Although you will probably save money by washing in cold water, some items may benefit by being washed in hot. When you have an item that is extremely dirty or that has been used by a sick family member, hot water will work better to clean and disinfect it.
Cold water will work well on most items although it may take longer for them to get clean. Also, items washed in cold water may take longer to dry. Still, washing in cold water is usually worth the extra washing and drying time because it saves on your energy bills.
Having an energy efficient water heater installed will help you save money, but you can rack up additional savings by moderating your hot water usage. You do not need to give it up completely, but combining hot and cold water for showers and laundry will benefit you in several ways. You will be clean, healthy, and alert. Cold water may be a shock to your system, but so are out-of-control energy bills.
For more information about heating your water, talk to a company like Jim Dhamer Plumbing & Sewer, Inc.