Turn Down Your Hot Water Heater (While on Vacation)

If you are traveling this summer you can save on your monthly electric bill by turning your hot water heater to its lowest setting or even turning it off while you are away.

It wasn’t until a few years ago I even checked my hot water heater’s thermostat. According to the US Department of Energy for every 10 degree reduction in temperature you save 3-5% in energy costs. Any temperature higher than 140 degrees is dangerous, most households can safely set their hot water heater at 125 degrees and still kill bacteria but not burn yourself if you let the water run too long.

Next time you head out of town, turn down or off your hot water heater. You will have saved a few cents on your next bill!

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  1. Hey Toni, glad to see you are still blogging! Site looks great. It is amazing how many of the old sites I use to visit or write guest posts are now gone.

    But anyways, this is a great tip. We are planning a couple summer trips and I will remember this post and turn down our water heater while we are gone. Hey, it all adds up! ~Kyle

  2. I had no idea that just turning down your water heater could have such huge effects! I have been thinking that I want to lower my energy bill, and this could do the job. I mean, I only use hot water for showers and laundry, so I think it is completely doable!

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