Water Heater Vacation Setting

Yes, I said water heater.  As in, I now own a water heater due to the fact that my husband and I moved out of an apartment and into a house!  This is very big and exciting news, and when you add that to the fact that I got a new role at work, it can help explain why I haven’t posted anything for 4 months.

I’ve been doing lots of eco-friendly things during this time, but I just haven’t written about them.  So, to get back into the swing of things, I will mention one green change that I’ve implemented for our house:

vacation-setting

Vacation setting is shown to the left on my water heater dial.

The idea came from reading the instruction manuals for the appliances in my house.  Besides learning that you should clean the filter of your dish washer (who knew they had filters?!), I also learned that our water heater has a vacation setting.  By using this setting, the water is kept a bit cooler than usual.  Therefore, energy is saved while you are away. We switch the setting if we are going to be away for two days or more.  It’s just an easy dial on the back of the water heater.  I don’t even have to remove any panels to access the dial.  Although I don’t have a way to measure the energy saved, I am still making a small adjustment to save energy (and money).

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