Folks with electric water heaters can save on their power bill by shutting it off. Switch it off when no one will be home for more than a day. Heaters that have storage for several gallons of hot water, use energy just to keep the water hot.
In some parts of the, English speaking, world folks call their water heaters “geysers” or boilers. Whatever name you give it, your electric water heater wastes about half the energy it uses keeping the water hot. The other half of the energy is to make the water hot in the first place.
Keeping the water hot while it is waiting to be used is money that you can save when nobody will be at home. If you leave in a holiday or vacation shut the water heater off. If you go visit the grand children over the weekend switch your water heater off.
Yes, it will take an hour to heat up again after you switch it back on. Switch it on first thing on your return and by the time you finish unpacking the hot water will be ready.
Most folks will have to turn the power off to the water heater by switching a circuit breaker off. The circuit break for the water heater will be one of the biggest ones in your electric panel. Or, it may be two circuit breakers linked together to work as one. This is further proof that the water heater is a power hog.
When you determine which breaker, it is, label it clearly, so you know where to find it next time.
Do not stand with your face in front of the circuit breaker when you switch it. Get in the habit of standing off to the side when switching a circuit breaker, or any other type of switch. It may save your eyes.
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