Small family water heater money saver
Put a on/off set of trippers on a timer that operates your water heater. They make them for the 220 volt, and I jury rigged one to operate a gas one. The little ones that run on 110, can use the simplest ones. The key here is not expected. You want the water heater to store cool or tempered water, NOT hot. When HOT the maximum heat is lost. So. for instance, you rise at 7 am, shower and go to work. Set the timer ON at 6:30, OFF at 7. Now you will shower with the stored hot water but it will not reheat till the next cycle. Now you come home at 5, and start to prepare dinner, run the dish washer etc. Set a second set of trippers ON at 4, OFF at 5. Now, all night it will store tepid water. This will not work well for large family's, with children or a very convoluted schedule. Saves a lot. When we remodeled, the new bathroom was a long ways from the water heater, so I put a 4 gallon, 110volt operated, directly under the sink in the new bath. However, for the shower/tub, ran that from the main water heater. MY favorite comment. They do NOT make hot water heaters. They only make COLD water heaters, why on earth would you want to heat hot water?????