I wrote this earlier in the month, just forgot to publish it.
Next up, hot water heater blanket. They are $12-15 each and help not only in the winter-when they keep the heat snuggled up to the heater and not leaking through the house, but also in the summer, when they...keep the heat snuggled up to the heater and not leaking through the house. It uses much less electricity to keep the tank full of warm water.
My other tip is free and will save money. When you wash your hands, don't turn on the hot water. By the time the warm water gets to your faucet, you have had enough time to wash them already-so either you are using cold water anyway or are just standing there staring at the water going down the drain until it heats up. Just suck it up and leave the hot off. When you use any hot water, even 1/4 gallon to wash hands, the system kicks on and heats the tank again. Think of it as good exercise for your metabolism.
That's it for this week!