How to lower your hot water costs

Heating and hot water accounts for about half of a typical home’s energy bills. An efficient and well-maintained heating system can make a noticeable difference in terms of energy usage and cost savings. 
- Hot water should be stored at least at 60°C.  This is due to the risk of legionella bacteria growing in water stored below this temperature. To ensure your hot water is stored at least at 60°C, check your water heater's thermostat and adjust it to maintain this temperature. Schedule regular maintenance for your water heater and consider flushing it annually to remove sediment. Insulate hot water pipes to minimise heat loss. These simple steps help ensure hot water safety and efficiency while reducing costs. 
- Keep your shower time brief. According to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing a single bath each week with a 5-minute shower can help save up to £20 on energy bills and up to £25 on water bills each year.