turning the hot water tank off
Did you ever time how long it takes to get hot water to wash your hands or do some dishes? Well, I counted over one minute. That's a whole lot of water being wasted. Well, I made a big deal over the wasted water and water bill. Boy am I sorry.
Now I have an electric water tank that is re-wired so that with just a flick of a switch I can turn the tank on and in about 30 minutes I can have hot water. Isn't that great! Now, I still have to wait a minute for the hot water to come through the spiket--but we're not wasting electricity.
Well, it takes about a half hour for the water to heat. You can take a shower, and maybe two if you like just a barely warm shower, and a sink full of dishes. Or you can do a load of laundry and take a shower too. How long the water stays hot will depend on the weather outside. Our tank is in the garage. So it's a good idea to keep track of the time.
I've solved the problem of needing hot water in a pinch--I run water through the coffee maker.
I need a vacation away from this place!