This week, we’re looking at how low-income families are coping with the cost of water.
The high-cost of heating is one of the key reasons families have to resort to high-efficiency, gas-fired, or coal-fired heat.
The good news: low- and middle-income Americans aren’t struggling as much as they used to.
The bad news: that doesn’t mean that low- or middle-class households are getting the best of it.
Here’s how it’s different today.
In 2013, the average household’s monthly water bill was $100.
Today, it’s $400.
This means the typical household spent a lot more money on water in 2013 than it does today.
That’s the kind of impact that low income families will face in the years ahead.
Here are the things you can do to make the transition to less-efficient water heaters.
Use less water.
As we’ve written before, low-cost water heat-ers are much more efficient than their gas- and coal-fueled counterparts.
The good news is that there’s little evidence that these models are inherently less efficient.
The problem is that these types of low-energy heaters are expensive, so you might need to be careful with what you pay.
Consider saving money.
If you’re not currently using low-priced water heat, you might want to consider reducing your water use to save money.
You can use this information to choose the right water heater for you, and you can find a variety of models at Lowes, Home Depot, and other places.
Switch to a new water heater.
One way to reduce your water bills is to switch to a water heater that has lower energy consumption than your current water heater does.
For example, the EPA has estimated that a 20-watt electric water heater can save up to 80 percent of a household’s water bill.
That savings is especially useful if you’re living in a low-density housing situation.
If you have a lot of roommates, you may want to look for cheaper, more efficient water heat sources, such as the ones at Lowe, or some new appliances that will save energy, such an electric oven, and a thermostat.4.
Reduce your water usage.
Water heaters aren’t the only appliances that can save you money.
Many new homes have more than one water heater, which means that you might find that your water bill goes down over time, especially if you switch from a gas- or coal fire-to-water heater.
Find out how much you can save with smart meters.
When you switch to less efficient water heating, you’re saving money by lowering your water consumption.
Smart meters can give you information on your water temperature and how much water is needed to heat your home.
They can also help you know how much electricity your home needs to operate and what kinds of appliances you need to buy to use those energy-saving features.
Buy a less expensive water heater at your local home improvement store.
These kinds of smart meters can help you understand your water heating costs and savings.
If your water heater costs more than the EPA estimates, it might be a good idea to consider buying a less-expensive water heater from a lower-cost source, such a Home Depot.