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Old 03-14-2011, 06:46 PM   #15
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I leave it on. I want that water piping hot when I want to use it. I don't mind burning the .25 cents of dino juice to keep my water hot for two days.

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Old 03-15-2011, 07:09 PM   #16
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I've found that, with my water heater, the propane pilot light usually keeps the tank hot - at least in the warmer summer months. On the other hand, if I'm hooked to shore power I run it on electric. It goes on when we're stopped and off when we're travelling.


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Old 03-15-2011, 08:05 PM   #17
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First one up in the morning turns it on. We turn it off after breakfast dishes. Back on again at dinner time, off again before retiring at night.

Works well for us.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:06 PM   #18
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I only have propane, and I fulltime. I leave mine on - and have for almost 5 years now. I've gone for six months on two tanks of propane (during summer). So between doing dishes and showering daily - I just don't think I'd save that much re-heating from cold vs maintaining the temperature.

I've run out of propane at night and found the tank of water still quite warm in the morning. Newer water heaters are well insulated so choose what works for you.

I'd turn it off if I were going to be away for a substantial length of time.

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Old 03-15-2011, 10:52 PM   #19
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I turn it on in the morning to heat things up, then turn it off and it usually keeps enough warm water for the things I need during the day.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:56 PM   #20
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I turn it on in the morning to heat things up, then turn it off and it usually keeps enough warm water for the things I need during the day.
dittto... what spenfolder said!


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