Question

I would like to install a timer on a 50 gallon hot water heater. Is this economical

Asked by eugenia shears
Hollywood, FL

I live in South Florida and it's a Whirlpool water heater

Answer

When Purchasing a new water heater, look to make sure it is energy star rated. These will be the most economical. Also, the larger the storage capacity, the more efficient the unit will be. However it also depends on number of occupants in that live in the home and the amount of fixtures. An alternative, would be to install a solar hot water collector on the roof connected to an 80 gallon storage tank. With the use of a DC pump to circulate the water between the tank and collector, you can control the production of hot water and have plenty to get you through the evening hours. As always, in using solar as an energy source, it is a good practice to install a redundant system to heat water incase of inclement weather. I currently have a similar system installed on a energy positive home in Treasure Island, Florida which has been operating flawlessly for the past 5 years. Seek help from the professional, this will ensure that you are successful in your endeavors. Good Luck, Harold J Remlinger, AIA, LEED BD+C, NCARB

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