To begin with, gas heaters are much more efficient

Posted by Sir Four at 2:11pm Jun 8 '12
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than electric. Heat from combustion is > heat from electrical resistance. So, that's good. I'm stuck with electric, and I hate what it does to my bills.

I've heard the idea before about turning it off nightly with a timer, but it strikes me as questionable whether it'll save very much, since maintaining a temperature is less intensive than bringing the water up to the desired temperature. Now if you were going away for a week or more, I'd say definitely turn it off for that time. But nightly, I just don't know if it's worth it. Don't know how to calculate that, either, I'm afraid.
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