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Old 08-19-2009, 09:34 AM   #1
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Turn off Propone Water Heater to Save $$


Single guy living in 3000+ sft home with a Bradford White Defender Safety System Propane Water Heater (40 gallon I think). Since the only real hot water used / needed is for a 10 min shower every morning does it make sense to shut it off before going to work in the morning and turning it back on say at 6 pm every evening to save money or will it use more propane to heat up than to leave it on 24/7 to maintain the temperature? I know that a on demand system would make more sense but that would be down the road.

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Old 08-20-2009, 01:44 AM   #2
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I don't think you will lose that much heat from standby to make that a good idea.

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Old 08-20-2009, 07:02 AM   #3
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I agree. You need to keep the pilot on to reduce rusting problems, and turning it down during the day will not save much.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:24 AM   #4
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What you save by turning it off will be lost when it has to heat the whole tank later.
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