Looking for new ways to save money on your monthly energy bills? We bet there’s one idea you haven’t tried: lowering the temperature on your water heater thermostat.
Most manufacturers use a factory setting of 140 degrees for their water heaters – a temperature that is hot enough to scald, and higher than most people need. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.), a 120°F setting is more than enough to slow mineral buildup and corrosion in your water heater and pipes while keeping your water supply safe to use. By dropping the thermostat temperature this way, you’ll burn less fuel, saving money in the process.
While most people can get by setting their thermostat to 120°, certain homeowners should keep to 140°. For example, if in the house has a suppressed immune system, a 140-degree setting is preferred to prevent water-borne health risks. Also, if your dishwasher doesn’t pre-heat water, you might want to maintain the higher temperature.
Not sure how your current water heater thermostat is set, or how to change it? It’s pretty easy – check out this video from the D.O.E. Just remember: always read your owner’s manual before doing any work on your water heater!
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