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Is it possible to save money by unplugging the water heater?

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Is it possible to save money by unplugging the water heater?

Postby casimiro » Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:37 pm

Can I unplug it when not in use, or will that damage it?
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Postby waerheall » Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:45 pm

That would be some heater if it would get damaged just by unplugging. Did it survive the last power outage?

But turning it on and off frequently, that is another story.

You will definitely save money by unplugging it, but it will be hassle. Why not just set the thermostat to a lower temp?
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Postby bradleigh » Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:56 pm

I hear recommendations but no one speaking of their own experience.

I'll tell you what happened when I put a timer on my water heater: I saved about 5% on my utility bill. That isn't a huge amount but over a year it adds up, maybe $60 per year. If you have a big family or a large heater, it could save you more; if it's just you and a little 30-gallon unit, probably not so much. Over the life of the water heater, it adds up to about the cost of the water heater.

People will tell you it wastes energy. Yes and no: add insulation so you don't lose so much energy, and you're in better shape. Add insulation to the pipes, too. Even if you don't add a timer, adding insulation will save you money.

If you tend to be gone for days at a time, definitely turn it off. Your water heater only needs about an hour to get to full temp from stone cold so that doesn't need to be much of a hindrance to you. Overnight, the tank's only going to lose a few degrees and will be back up to full temp in a matter of minutes - fifteen minutes or less.

Here's another money-saving tip: every five years or so, replace the anode rod. Turn off power, drain the tank, and wrench the old anode rod out. Thread in a new one. Restore power and water, boom: you've reset the corrosion clock on your water heater back to zero. It's the biggest open secret in plumbing. Renew the anode rod every few years and you can make a water heater last DECADES. The chief difference between the cheap 6 year water heater and the expensive 12 year water heater? Bigger, thicker anode rods. There's other differences but that's the one that makes the big difference. You can make the el cheapo 6 year model go for 20 years or more with a little care: annual flushing, additional insulation, anode rods.

That's it. Good luck with it.
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Postby bartholome94 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:17 pm

Well you CAN unplug it but only if you don't want hot water, also you should let a proffeshinal deal with that sort of stuff if you don't know what your doing, my father is a HVAC worker, he dosent recomend you unplug it
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Postby elliston66 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:24 pm

You won't damage it but you won't save any money by turning it on and off all the time.
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Postby haldane » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:34 pm

No not really,because when you do want to use it it has to heat the whole tank each time.
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