Did you know your water heater can also take a vacation? Maybe it can't visit a faraway destination, but it can be set to use less energy when you place it on "vacation" or "away" mode. In some homes, a water heater can account for as much as 25% of your home's overall energy usage. And as always, raise or lower your thermostat depending on the season; according to the Department of Energy, set it to 85 degrees in the summer and 50 degrees during colder months.
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