How to Adjust Your Water Heater to Save Energy

**How to Adjust Your Water Heater to Save Energy**



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If you can make yourself a cup of tea just by turning on your faucet, you need to lower your water heater. You’ll help the planet and save money on your heating bills.

Step 1:
Check your water temperature by holding a meat thermometer under the hot water faucet for a few minutes. If it’s over 120 degrees, it’s time to adjust the thermostat.

Step 2:
Before you open up any part of an electric water heater, turn the power off! Water and 220 volts DO NOT MIX! Find your heater’s temperature control and set it to 120 degrees. Most electric heaters have two thermostats behind screw-on plates. Make sure the power’s off, and then set them to the same temperature. Oil heaters have a thermostat on the side, and gas heaters usually have one on the bottom.

Tip
If you have a furnace-fired oil water heater, do not tamper with the temperature. Lowering it would make your furnace less efficient.

Step 3:
If your water heater is warm to the touch, it’s wasting energy. Help it keep that heat inside by having a water heater blanket installed. It will pay for itself by lowering your heating bills as much as 9%.

Step 4:
Install a timer on your water heater so that it shuts off during times when you don’t need hot water, like the middle of the night.

Tip
Timers are not practical on gas heaters, which require a pilot light.

Step 5:
Drain a quart of water from your tank every three months. It will remove sediment that reduces your heater’s efficiency. Follow the instructions for your heater.

Step 6:
Periodically check the water temperature with the thermometer again—thermostats are often inaccurate. Adjust the thermostat and recheck the temperature until the water is really 120 degrees, regardless of what the thermostat says.

Tip
It’s not likely, but if you have a dishwasher without an internal heater, your water heater thermostat should be set to 140 degrees. 140 degree water is too hot for home use. Children, or elderly people without good feeling in their extremities can be badly scalded at 140 degrees. I recommend that this tip be deleted. Master Plumber speaking here. See this link:

Step 7:
If you’re leaving your home for more than three days, turn the heater setting down to the lowest setting, or off if there’s no danger of the water freezing. Otherwise you’re paying to have hot water at the ready when no one’s around to use it.

Step 8:
If your bills are still higher than they should be, consider replacing your water heater with a more energy-efficient one, like a solar heater, especially if yours is from before 1996. It will save you money in the long run—and it’s tax deductible!

Did You Know?
Hot water is the third largest energy expense in your home, accounting for about 14% of your utility bill.
how to adjust your water heater to save energy if you can make yourself a cup of tea just by turning on your faucet you need to lower your water heater you'll help the planet and save money on your heating bills you will need a meat thermometer a water heater blanket and a water heater timer step 1 check your water temperature by holding a meat thermometer under the hot water faucet for a few minutes if it's over 120 degrees it's time to adjust the thermostat step 2 find your heaters temperature control and set it to 120 degrees most electric heaters have two thermostats behind screw on plates turn off the power and then set them to the same temperature oil heaters have a thermostat on the side and gas heaters usually have one on the bottom if you have a furnace fired oil water heater do not tamper with the temperature lowering it would make your furnace less efficient step 3 if your water heater is warm to the touch it's wasting energy help it keep that heat inside by having a water heater blanket installed it will pay for itself by lowering your heating bills as much as nine percent step 4 install a timer on your water heater so that it shuts off during times when you don't need hot water like the middle of the night timers are not practical on gas heaters which require a pilot light step 5 drain a quart of water from your tank every three months it will remove sediment that reduces your heaters efficiency follow the instructions for your heater step 6 periodically check the water temperature with the thermometer again thermostats are often inaccurate adjust the thermostat and recheck the temperature until the water is really 120 degrees regardless of what the thermostat says it's not likely but if you have a dishwasher without an internal heater your water heater thermostat should be set to 140 degrees step seven if you're leaving your home for more than three days turn the heaters setting down to the lowest setting or off if there's no danger of the water freezing otherwise you're paying to have hot water at the ready when no one's around to use it step 8 if your bills are still higher than they should be consider replacing your water heater with a more energy-efficient one like a solar heater especially if yours is from before 1996 it will save you money in the long run and it's tax deductible did you know hot water is the third largest energy expense in your home accounting for about fourteen percent of your utility bill

22 thoughts on “**How to Adjust Your Water Heater to Save Energy**

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  2. Mark Gordon

    Some good info., but really missed the greatest heat loss from a water heater.  First, an insulating blanket is just not needed with any water heater over the last 20 years or so…go ahead touch the heater…will be cold to the touch.  Second, the greatest heat loss from a water heater is from the first 10 feet of the hot water pipe coming out the top of the water heater…if the cold water pipe into the heater doesn't have a heat trap nipple, there is also heat loss through the cold pipe.  Note also, that another spot of loss is the temperature and pressure relief valve…carefully insult around this device without obstructing the lift lever.  Finally, this video mentioned 140F for dishwashers and that is best, for sure, but if this is done it must be done by sending a direct 140F water line to the dishwasher and  then the rest of the home must be reduced back to 120F using a MIXING VALVE.  Just FYI all!

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  4. Dalzel Ulliam

    if you really want to save money then get a Instant water heater, gives you what ever temp you want in less than 8 seconds. and no take to loose heat.

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  5. Jorge Chavez

    im 13 not a baby like you. you dont have to be old to know info. dude you are prob a 10 year old lying about her/his age over the comp. sad little kid

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  6. Jorge Chavez

    what do you mean speak english im typing u dumb ass btw im 13 years old and you must be ten to act like such a fool who just types shit and doesnt even know what you are talking about ignorant basicly am i typing big words for you let me put it to your understanding. YOU TEN NO BRAIN

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  7. Jorge Chavez

    dude you need to think before u speek. the scientist follow on al gore's theory which is wrong.

    retard think

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  8. Jorge Chavez

    dude you believe everything you hear only one person said global warming exist and its al gore and that is not even true. remember one person dont believe everything you hear.

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  9. Jorge Chavez

    omg you are so stupid and so ignorant. It is a theory not yet proven. As far as i'm concerned it is just an unproven theory

    what the hell does this have to do with reading a book. btw i dont read childrens books on global warming like you do. Don't beleive everything you hear

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  10. Jorge Chavez

    how am i ignorant global warming is suppose to increase the temp. but its not. you are ignorant for saying things about climate out of no where.

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  11. Jorge Chavez

    beacause global warming is supposed to make the earth really hot but why is it still windy and cold in different days

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