You can't get along without hot water. Therefore,
take care of the source--the water heater.
If you have a gas or electric water heater,
keep the temperature dial setting at or below the suggested Factory Energy
Savings Settings listed on the water heater. Above that mark means excessive
wear on the water heater and the potential for scalding.
The burner of a gas-fired water heater is easily accessible
and should be checked by your plumber periodically to keep it clear of
dust or sediment. The flame at full fire should be a light to dark blue.
If the flame is more orange or yellow, the gas pressure or air flow needs
to be adjusted.
You can keep your water bills low by tempering all
hot water as it is used. Letting the hot water faucet run on and on wastes
not only water but fuel as well. With all water heaters, plan your hot
water needs and you'll be delighted with the savings you get
All domestic water heaters are required to be equipped
with a relief valve as a safety feature to prevent damage from excessive
pressure and temperature. There is always danger that this valve may become
frozen or corroded from long disuse. For this reason, it is advisable
to trip the lever of this valve manually every two or three months to
be sure it will operate freely if an emergency arises. Note:
The discharge will be hot water that will need to be contained in a pan
or bucket or allowed to drain to a floor drain.