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Old 03-06-2013, 05:06 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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This is an easy one and can save several dollars every month, especially if you live where it is cold and water out of the tap is icy cold..

If you have a mixer faucet, make yourself learn to turn it all the way to the cold side whenever you turn the water on and don't actually need hot water.

The handle will be centered when the water is off and if you push it straight upward, you will get cold water for a few moments. However, even if hot water has not reached the faucet, water is coming out of the water heater. That water is replaced by cold water and that cold water will often cause the water heater to come on to bring the tank up to temperature.

Water the dog, the heater comes on. Wash your hands, the water heater comes on. Put water into the coffee pot, the heater comes on. The water heater is the most expensive power user in the house. A well insulated tank might not come on all day, if no water is taken out. But take water out and replace it with cold water and the heat element will come on.

Same advice for faucets with separate handles for cold and hot. I've seen people reach out and turn both handles at the same time when they don't need hot water. Brush your teeth and the water heater comes on. Get a glass of water, and the water heater comes on.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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Thanks!

Especially if you have a low income or are retired and need to stretch your nest egg.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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Very good point! I TRY to teach my kids that, but they would have no part of it---save money

So, we just cut off the hot water valve in their bathroom sinks. Oh, they still have hot water for showers, but not every time they wash their hands, get a drink, etc.

Another tip---if you have one of those heat lamps in your bathroom, try to deactivate it. My kids just throw on whatever switch works---usually all 3, light, heat, vent fan. We tried putting a big piece of blue painter's tape over the heat switch---they just tore it off. Ok, we replaced the switchplate, the only one accessible is the light switch.

Or, if you can't get cooperation any other way, just turn your hotwater heater OFF. Turn it on for a few hours in the evening for bathing, clothes, etc. Of course, that's easier with an electric, a gas heater I wouldn't monkey with.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:26 PM
 
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Thanks!

Especially if you have a low income or are retired and need to stretch your nest egg.

No one ever has enough money for waste!
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