Is on Demand Hot Water for Showering an Energy Saver?

Re: Instant Hot Water for Showering, an Energy Saver?

PostBy: BIG BEAM On: Sat Nov 14, 2009 5:04 pm

4500 watts is what most electric water heaters use.The instant HWH are much higher!But you are right 6 or 4 ga. wire .10 or 12 ga. to normal water heaters

Turn off the gas (and pilot) to your gas water heater tonight and see how warm your water is in the morning.I think you'll be surprised.That's just the standby loss over night.
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Re: Instant Hot Water for Showering, an Energy Saver?

PostBy: Sting On: Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:38 pm

I wondered if someone would doubt me?

The data I post was gathered off 10 new NG appliances on demonstration in a lab, each unique in brand. Standing pilot light, naturally vented, also insulated with an aftermarket blanket kit. They were gathered in a row, Plumbed in isolation to one another, each with an expansion tank and filled to city pressure. Each gas train was on a separate gas meter. They were brought up to code set temp - the meters were zeroed and they were left on set at 120 degrees for 30 days.

I only post the result of that test - as it was related to me.

I have no documentation - I have no web link to show my expertise - Maybe I just made it up! At best its second hand information.

So it becomes a --- Believe it or not thing! Your mileage may vary.

And yes I do turn off my NG heater at the farm every Sunday night - along with the well pump breaker-- only to turn that business back on the following Saturday -- If I draw from the left tap immediately upon arrival - the water isn't 120 degrees -- but its not well temp either. I guess after 6 days there should be some standby temperature loss

-- but lets review -- First hand information now.

the average DHW appliance just sitting there did use x therms of energy.. My NG bill at the cottage in the summer is only for DHW and the dryer, but that use - several loads of laundry and several long showers - a Large tub fill or two -- I still only use a few therms of NG, a week.

Ill stand by my statement. A Traditional DHW appliance just standing in the basement holding 40 gallons of DHW for immediate and hi demand use -- IS NOT and energy hog.

A dripping or always open left faucet is.
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