Are you taking a bath on your hot water bills? Here’s a tip to help you use less and spend less. Simply lower the temperature! With electric water heaters, drop the thermostat from the average setting of 140 degrees to just 110 degrees. With gas units, lower the temperature dial incrementally, and then use a thermometer to check the water temperature at the faucet nearest the heater itself until it reads 120. Doing this will provide plenty of hot water for showers, save energy costs and protect children from accidental scalding as well.