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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Greetings Thrifty Friends,

After heating and cooling, water heating is typically the largest energy user in the home because it is necessary for so many domestic activities. So it pays to keep your water heater working as efficiently as possible like lowering the water temperature thermostat by ten degrees and wrapping the water tank in an insulating blanket. But there is a simple and very important part of maintenance that many people ignore or don't even know about.

In the course of normal use, minerals and natural sediment in your water condense and settle to the bottom of your water heater. This sediment can seriously impede the efficiency of your water heater and can eventually cause it to corrode and malfunction, not to mention the fact that the sediment will eventually start to get into your tap water.

Scroll down to find out what to do about this slowly creeping problem.

Keep pinchin' those pennies,
Penny

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TODAY'S THRIFTY TIP:

* Drain a few gallons of water from your water heater each year to remove sediment and improve efficiency!

Learning how to clean hot water heater sediment is easy:

First turn off the power so you don't risk electrical shock or burn out your element. Then turn off the cold water valve to the tank. Attach a garden hose to the tank drain valve and then drain a few gallons of the hot water in the tank through the hose. Then close the drain valve and open the cold water valve and you're ready to use the tank again.

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