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fix999

09:04AM | 07/18/07
Member Since: 07/17/07
2 lifetime posts
My spouse travels every week, so most of the time there is only one person in the house. I have a 50 gal hot water heater, so I'm paying for too much hot water most of the week.

Would it make since to install a small (15-20 gal) water heater in-line after the large heater and turn off the large heater when I don't need so much hot water?

fix999

08:20AM | 07/20/07
Member Since: 07/17/07
2 lifetime posts
My configuration thoughts...

1) all electric

2) water will flow through both heaters all the time (first through the big heater, then through the small heater). The large heater would just be off most of the time.

I went to Lowes' Home Improvement center and looked at water heaters. It looks like the cost of running a 20 gal heater for a year is about $400. The 50-60 gal heaters also run about $400 a year. So, maybe there's no savings in my original thoughts.

My heater is about 19 years old, so I should consider a new, more efficient heater or maybe consider a mechanical timer to limit the time my heater runs.


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