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  1. #1
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    gas or electric WH ?

    Ok after reading about the tankless WH's i have a question, surprised huh

    I have an 80 gallon electric WH on a day night meter. I have elect range,dryer,central AC, and the WH . My bill when not using the AC too much runs about 75.00 to 80.00 per month. 2 people in the house.

    Now would I be further ahead getting a 40 gall and going back to a regular day meter ?

    Or putting a timer on my 80 gall and keeping the night meter but setting the timer so it comes on at 4am instead of 11pm ?

    I thought about a NG one but my neighbor has one and his bill runs more than mine with the same size and design house ...

    I also thought about a tankless but that doesn't sound like a good move right now. Someone here said a elect WH is 100% efficient which I guess it would be but I wonder if I am saving with the 80 gall on the day night.

    If I was to go to a 40 gallon the day night meter would have e run out of water some days so that option is out

  2. #2
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    Oh also, IF we decided to go with a NG WH could we go to a power vent that uses PVC to vent thru sidewall ?? Do these use 2 pipes one for exhaust and one for combustion air ?

    Any problem using these in a basement that the furnace uses inside combustion air ??

  3. #3
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    A powervented water heater uses 1 pipe.

    Your electric water heater has a recovery rate, of roughly 22 gallons an hour(depending how hot the stat is set).

    I would leave it as it is.

    A time clock won't save you enough to pay for itself for many years, if at all.
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  4. #4
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    Just so im clear, if thats possible. Which would you choose;

    1) 80 gall electric wh on day / night meter

    2) 40 gallon elect on regular day meter

    3) 40 gallon powervent NG wh

    Again I dont know why but my neighbor has same size house and everything only one person there and everything the same as me except she has a ng wh and her bill is abotu 10-15.00 more every month.

    I thought ng was alot cheape

  5. #5
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    I'd stay with the 80 gallon with off peak timer like you have.

    NG water heaters have higher standby loss then electric water heaters.
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    10-4, thanks

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