How effective is wrapping a water heater with extra insulation?

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My electric water heater is original to the house...vintage 1952. the town handy man was out and checked all the mechanicals and weather seals arround pipes. It’s a 50 gal. tank. So far it’s working correctly.

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  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 02, 2017
    Our water heater in located on the outside of our home. Wrapping with insulation made a HUGE difference. You also might consider putting a timer on your water heater since it is old. Why pay to heat water when nobody is using it? Our timer is only on 2 hours a day. An hour in the morning and an hour at night.
  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Dec 02, 2017
    Wrapping a water heater can make a huge difference....especially if your heater is located in a colder area of your home such as a garage or basement. It helps to retain the heat longer, so the heater doesn't have to work as hard to maintain its temperature.
  • William William on Dec 02, 2017
    Big plus and big savings. You can buy water heater insulation kits or just get your own insulation (would be cheaper).
  • Elle615 Elle615 on Dec 02, 2017
    A 65-year-old hot water heater! I am impressed! What brand is it?

  • Dfm Dfm on Dec 02, 2017
    not a clue....no labels remain.
  • Dfm Dfm on Dec 02, 2017
    one label says Westinghouse
  • Dfm Dfm on Dec 02, 2017
    Westing house
  • Dfm Dfm on Dec 02, 2017
    westing house....they don’t make them any more.
  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Dec 02, 2017
    something that old might have rust inside. Did they test for that? Yes insulation can definitely Show a great improvement.
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