When I was a kid, we had a huge water heater in the closet in our house.
There were six kids in my family, and that meant a lot of laundry, dishes, and showers every day, so a big hot water heater was a must.
At some point, my mother decided to put a timer on the water heater in order to save money. I had no idea how that was going to save money, but my brother explained it to me. Hot water heaters have these big tanks full of water. There is a heating element inside the big tank, and the heating element makes the water hot. As the heater works, it uses electricity to do all that heating up of the water. Whenever the water in the tank gets below a certain thermostat reading, the heating element is there to heat the water back up again. In that way, there is always hot water available. And there is a big electric bill to go along with that convenience. My mom put in a timer because there was no sense heating up all that water over and over while we were all at school and work. Smart. I remember she saved a lot. So, when I was trying to save on my utility bill, I asked the plumber about getting a timer put on my water heater. That’s when I learned that today’s water heaters are much more efficient. They are fully insulated, and the heating elements are much better and inexpensive to run. Water heater innovation means I need to figure out another way to save money.