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How much hot water does your family use?

Activity
Gallons
Baths
10-15
Dishwasher (average load)
8-10
Hand-washing dishes
8-10
Laundry:
  Hot wash/warm rinse
30
  Hot wash/cold rinse
19
  Warm wash/cold rinse
9-12
Showers (with energy efficient shower head: 2.4 GPM)
  15-minute
36
  10-minute
24
  5-minute
12
Showers (without energy efficient shower head: 4.8 GPM)
  15-minute
72
  10-minute
48
  5-minute
24
Daily personal use
4

Beware of high temperature settings.

Recommendations on temperature settings do vary, but we've found that 120F is a good, safe setting. This is the factory setting on most new electric water heaters. Some suggest that households with dishwashers may wish to go as high as 140F (64C), although at this high temperature, scalding becomes a very serious concern, especially with small children in the house. Scalding can occur at 120F, but it takes much longer. Water at 140F can scald a child in a matter of seconds. Since the average hot shower is about 105F, it makes good sense to set your water heater to 120F. It's certainly more economical to heat your water to this lower temperature.

 
SmartEnergy Water Heating Services, Inc
77 Grove Street
Rutland, Vermont 05701
Phone: 800-762-7861 Fax: 802-747-2191
E-mail: CustomerService@SmartHotWater.com