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Subject: Re: Poll: hot water heater temperature setting Date: 12/15/2012 1:07 PM
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I keep my hot water heater on high, which is supposed to be 140' although there's no actual temperature listed on the heater itself. However, I find that the highest temperature I get out of my kitchen tap is 120' - even though it's only about 20 feet away. I live in an apartment with minimal insulation, so it's probably losing quite a bit of heat getting from the water heater to my sink.

I tried dropping the temperature to save money, but I found that when I lowered the temperature, I had a hard time getting pots and pans clean when I washed them by hand - the water just didn't get hot enough. (The dishwasher was fine but I wash some of my pans by hand.) My shower also didn't stay hot very long since I had to turn the water on full heat to get a hot enough temperature. And I didn't even save my money! I got a lot more savings when my hot water heater was replaced with a newer unit with better insulation.

Karen
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