In our house, no one uses hot water between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am. My day job requires that I get up at 5am on Wednesday to make a presentation at a 7 am meeting. I really need a hot shower then, but there are 7 hours from 9 pm to 4 am that the water heater should take a rest too.
Electrical apparatus makers do make timers just for hot water heaters. With a timer, you can automatically give your water heater a time out.
How does that work you ask. The water in your water heater tank is continually cooling off and being re-heated all the time whether you use water or not. Shutting the power off breaks the cycle and only reheats once at the end of the time out. That pause in the cool heat cool heat cycle will reduce the total amount of power used. Less power used, means lower electric bills.
I looked in Amazon and found an Intermatic model WH40 (Water Heater 40 amp I’ll bet) mechanical Hot Water Heater timer. It is rated for 40 amps at 240 volts and it looks rugged. The list price was about $50.
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Visit your local commercial electrical supply shop and ask them. Better yet, get your favorite electrician to find one for you.
It is a job for an electrician to install because of the voltage involved. Play it safe and call for help.
For a little more money, you can get a programmable timer to take advantage of other windows of opportunity in your schedule.
This is a project for folks who think long term. It will take more than one year to pay back your investment. As the price of electricity goes up the timer will do a good job for you.
If you think, the price of electricity will go down, just forget the whole thing and enjoy the day.
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