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Old 08-17-2007, 04:28 PM   #1
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Water heater off @ night?

Is there general consensus on if's it's best to turn off water heater at night or is it best to leave on to minimize LP consumption? Climate/region/season dependent?

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Old 08-17-2007, 04:32 PM   #2
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Not sure if you'll get consensus....
I usually leave mine on unless the noise of it firing up during the night bothers me. I installed an electric ignition model, so it's easier to turn off/on.
I don't know that the difference in fuel consumption would be real significant. ??

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Old 08-17-2007, 04:33 PM   #3
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We find that the water heater is so efficient and quick that we only turn it on a few minutes before we need it for washing body or dishes. The heater is well-insulated so it will hold the heat for quite a while, so we turn it off as soon as possible as well.
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Old 08-17-2007, 04:34 PM   #4
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Consensus? We don't need no -----ing consensus! You'll never get us to agree on anything as simple as that. After all some of us have LP to burn. Some will find the question luke-warm, while others are already in over their heads–not that I intended to throw cold water on your inquiry though
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Old 08-17-2007, 05:50 PM   #5
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We have the gas/electric water heater. It is so efficient, plus it heats way to hot, that we can turn it on for a short time in the morning and have hot water all day. After each trip we always drain water in the heater and the water lines. Also blow the system with compressed air. This seems to keep the system clean and fresh.
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Old 08-17-2007, 06:06 PM   #6
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I turn mine off when not in use. In most cases after a full cycle and use, the water in the tank stays at the very least pretty warm, even 24 hours later......
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Old 08-17-2007, 06:54 PM   #7
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We usually turn on the water heater a bit before we intend to use doesn't take long to heat up the water, and it stays hot for quite a long while. I turn it off at night so we I don't hear have to listen to it fire up during the night, as it's fairly close to the bed area.

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Old 08-17-2007, 07:03 PM   #8
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I guess I haven't camped in cold enough weather, because I've never heard mine go on at night and it's right under the bed.

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i turn mine on when i arrive and turn it off when i leave.

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Old 08-17-2007, 07:16 PM   #10
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what John said.

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Old 08-17-2007, 07:23 PM   #11
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I must be getting crotchety in my old goes off at night now.Seems like the noise bothers me now (Didn't use to...)
I am the first one up in the a.m. and hit the "on" switch then (that room is my first stop in the morning anyway!) Water is still warm enough to wash up and only takes a few minutes to heat full temp.

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Old 08-17-2007, 07:28 PM   #12
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Mine is turned on in the evening if I need to wash dishes and then turned off. The second thing I do when I wake up in the morning is fire the water heater up, go back to sleep for another 30 minutes to an hour then wake up to take a good shower. After the shower it is turned off again until needed. This is if I am in a campground and I decide not to use the community showers.

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Old 08-18-2007, 12:52 AM   #13
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yep, consensus was pretty silly thing to ask for, never the less, I appreciate the responses and will be turning off my heater tonight. thanks!
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The top ten reasons to keep a water heater running 24/7...

10. You have a large family
9. You wash dishes 3+ times per day
8. You have unlimited access to refilling your propane tank
7. You like to take 3+ showers per day
6. Your spouse likes to take 3+ showers per day
5. You don't want to have to think about remembering to turn it on and off
4. ?
3. ?
2. ?
1. ?

OK, I can't think of 10 reasons...feel free to help with my list!

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