*HERE IS MY UPDATE:
For the past two months we have kept the hot water heater turned off all day long, all except for 2 hours in the morning for showers and dishes.
I wish I could tell you this has saved us some money, but in all honesty we didn’t see any difference in our power bill.
So, unfortunately, this ended up not being a frugal tip at all! I think if we lower the temperature on the water heater, that would most likely make a difference in our bill. I’ll have to follow up on that theory as well!
Maybe it was just us though… has anyone else tried this and found it to save you any money?
For those of us who are still heating our water with a standard water heater, here’s a great tip that comes straight from some little old ladies who know just what it’s like living on a tight, fixed income.
To save money on your water heating expenses, plan all of your hot water usage at one time during the day. Whether morning or night, do all of your hot showers, dish washing, and laundry as closely together as possible. Once your hot water chores are finished for the day, turn the hot water heater off at the breaker box.
Do this consistently for a month and you ought to see a significant reduction in your power bill.
When I heard this idea I instantly thought it genius. Why in the world would I want to pay to keep that whole water tank hot all day long when I only need it several times a day?!
The trick is going to be planning. My husband likes a hot shower first thing in the morning. So either I’ll have to leave the hot water heater on all night, or get up 30 min. before he does to turn the heater back on for him. Hmmmm….
I’m anxious to give this one a try! I’ll have to update with the savings in a month or two!