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Friday, December 9, 2016

Bringing Down the Heat, Bringing Down the Bill and Improving Water Quality

Water District Reminds Community to Be Conscious of Hot Water Usage and Hot Water Heater Temperature Levels

The Bethpage Water District Board of Commissioners, William J. Ellinger, John R. Sullivan and John F. Coumatos remind residents that by simply decreasing their hot water usage, they can make a significant impact on their water, electric and fuel heating bills. Additionally, keeping track of the temperature reading of homeowners’ hot water heaters can prevent any water discoloration.

“Declining temperatures outside the home can cause a dramatic increase in utility bills to our residents,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman William Ellinger. “We want to ensure that our residents take the necessary energy efficient steps to save money and increase the water quality. This can be achieved by making the smallest tweaks to the daily routine.” 

Hot water use is the number one cause for increased utilities costs. Residents can significantly decrease their hot water usage by using the lowest temperature setting available.  Appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers can add to savings by running these appliances with full loads. The less time these are used, the less water is used. All leaks should be fixed and faucet aerators as well as low-flow showerheads can regulate and restrict water flow. Showering with a low-flow showerhead can use up to one-third less hot water than a bath saving energy.

For most homeowners, hot water heaters are situated in the basement and ignored on a daily basis. The commissioners encourage residents to take the time this winter to check the temperature of the hot water tank. To avoid discoloration, the temperature should be no higher than 120 degrees and the tank should be flushed regularly, in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.

For more information, please contact the Bethpage Water District at 516-931-0093, visit or the District’s Facebook page at

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