Rural Ontario Hydro Users Hoping for Deliverance From High Bills

Toronto resident Nick Pemberton used $1.30 worth of electricity at his Muskoka cottage in the fall - and paid Hydro One $82.53 to deliver it.

"It's not a particularly overwhelming bill. It's just silly," says Pemberton, a computer programmer who stressed he is not looking for sympathy.

But like many Ontarians putting their hydro bills under the microscope - particularly rural homeowners clobbered by the punishing costs of electric heating in areas without natural gas service - he is looking for some answers.

"I posted it on Facebook as a joke. And then I heard from people who were paying $120 or $130 on delivery further away," adds Pemberton, whose century-old family cottage is on Lake Joseph. "It's crazy." Nick Pemberton's hydro bill for his Muskoka cottage shows that he used $1.30 worth of electricity. And it cost him $82.53 for Hydro One to deliver it. (Supplied) As preposterous as a bill like that sounds, Premier Kathleen Wynne agrees it's no laughing matter.

"Every month, people in our communities are struggling to cover the total cost on their bills," she says.

Wynne acknowledges that distribution fees need a closer look as her government scrambles to defuse consumer anger and frustration.

"There are people in the province paying disproportionately high delivery charges," Wynne told reporters in Kitchener.

Typically, delivery fees are 30 to 40 per cent of a bill.

Based on the cost of building, maintaining and keeping transmission lines in good repair - Hydro One alone has 123,000 kilometres of wires carried on 88,000 towers over a service area twice the size of Texas - the fees can vary widely depending on where you live and how much electricity is used.

"One of the things I hear a lot about ... delivery charges. And so we're looking at what we can possibly do to lower delivery charges," the premier said.

"We just have not landed on exactly what it is we're going to do." Industry insiders say there is no "magic bullet" but possible solutions for easing bills include subsidizing the delivery fees through tax revenue, putting a share of expensive new sources of renewable power on the tax base instead of hitting hydro ratepayers, or equalizing delivery charges by raising them in cheaper-to-serve urban areas to offset costs for hard-hit customers in remote ones.

"We're one of the few systems that does this," Ferio Pugliese, hired from consumer-friendly WestJet last fall as Hydro One's executive vice-president of customer and corporate affairs, said of Ontario's patchwork of different regional delivery fees.

Green party Leader Mike Schreiner favours equalizing delivery charges, meaning the overwhelming number of urban Ontarians who enjoy much cheaper natural gas heating would pay a little more to help ease the burden on rural residents with electric heat.

"City folks are not feeling the same pain." The government offered hope to rural residents last week by approving a $100 million fund to help natural gas companies extend their pipelines to areas not now served.

That would allow people with electric or oil heat to convert, saving thousands in the long run because natural gas is one-quarter the cost of electricity and one-third the cost of fuel oil.

Some help on high bills arrived Jan. 1 when the province began waiving the 8-per-cent provincial portion of the HST on electric bills. Customers in remote rural areas are getting extra aid, lowering their costs by a combined total of about $45 monthly.

"Many of them are older dwellings, not the most contemporary by way of insulation," said Pugliese, who was raised in Kerns, population 360, near Kirkland Lake, Ont.

Delivery costs are higher in northern and rural Ontario because there are fewer customers served by the lines in a situation he describes as "more hydro poles than people." In Toronto, there are almost 1,200 customers per square kilometre to share the costs.

Figures from the Ministry of Energy show the average monthly charge for delivery of electricity is $32 for typical household consumption of 750 kilowatt hours. That includes meter reading, general utility operations and a variable charge based on the amount of power used.

The fees range from a low of $15.55 at tiny ELK Energy Inc. in Essex, near Windsor, to a high of $90.84 for seasonal customers in remote areas served by Hydro One.

Costs of service for municipally owned ELK for its approximately 11,000 customers from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie are kept low and "we're just very customer focused," says Mark Danelon, director of finance and regulatory affairs.

"We still get issues like 'Why is my bill so high?' We still hear from disgruntled customers. It all depends on the home, the age of the home, whether people are on a fixed income." Toronto Hydro, one of the largest local utilities in the province, is above average at $37.57. London, Kitchener, Sudbury and Windsor are all in the $24 to $27 range.

While the skyrocketing cost of electricity has been widely publicized by critics - up 101 per cent since 2006, according to Hydro One - delivery charges, up less than 50 per cent in the same period, are getting more attention from ratepayers now for good reason, opposition parties say.

Complaints peaked after a hot summer with air conditioners running constantly and picked up again when the cold weather hit, particularly in the north where mild spells are rare. Air conditioning, for example, can account for 50 per cent of an electricity bill during a long hot spell.

"It's coalescing because people, particularly in rural Ontario, see bills for delivery that are higher than the cost of the electricity they've consumed. It's crazy," says New Democrat MPP and energy critic Peter Tabuns.

"Their anger is the result of being ignored by this government for almost a decade and now all of a sudden the government says they're going to fix everything," adds Progressive Conservative MPP John Yakabuski.

"They don't have any credibility." Energy Minister Glen Thibeault says prices for electricity and delivery have risen because of massive improvements to the hydro system, from closing heavily polluting coal-fired power plans to fixing transmission lines to improve reliability.

Typically, delivery fees are 30 to 40 per cent of an electricity bill, he notes.

"We recognize that the investments required to upgrade an antiquated system prone to brownouts and blackouts has come at a cost to electricity consumers, and we're trying to fix that." Energy-saving tips Aside from buying energy-efficient LED light bulbs, improving insulation and cutting down on drafts, there are small ways to cut down on electricity bills that many people don't think of, says an efficiency expert.

"I still know people who are setting back their electric baseboard heaters at night," says Ben Polley of Evolve Builders in Guelph, which specializes in green homes and renovations. "They're hurting themselves." Ratepayers with electric heat should be taking advantage of cheaper hydro rates between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. and on weekends to crank up the heat, says Polley, who recommends a programmable thermostat for the job.

Time-of-use rates overnight and on weekends are less than half the peak daytime prices from 7 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Cutting down on drafts, by targeting cans of spray-foam insulation in open areas behind the walls surrounding windows and doors, or using weather stripping and caulking in those areas and where walls meet foundations or roof lines, can also make a big difference.

"It's really simple, low-tech stuff and low skill for the average person. The payback can be good," adds Polley, who says such measures can allow homeowners to lower their thermostats by a couple of degrees because rooms feel warmer when drafts are eliminated.

Insulation should never be left out of any major renovation because it doesn't add much to the construction cost but makes a huge difference in energy bills.

Other potential measures - without tearing a house apart - can include adding solar water heaters and, for small families, on-demand water heaters with small tanks that use half the electricity compared with traditional models with large tanks.

They can account for as much as one-third of a household hydro bill, so it's worth replacing the old-style tanks when they wear out after 10 to 15 years, says Polley, a former Green party candidate.

"The cost is double a normal hot water heater but the payback is there after a few years," he said.

Polley himself lives in a fully renovated and thoroughly insulated Ontario cottage home first built in the 1800s and - in what seems counterintuitive - disconnected his natural gas line to the furnace and installed electric baseboards.

They were cheaper than a new furnace and can be augmented with his wood stove if necessary.

"Right now my house is set at 15 degrees," he says, wearing jeans and a polar fleece top over a T-shirt. "That's all our bodies need if there are no drafts." New Democrat MPP Peter Tabuns, who spent about $3,000 a few years ago insulating the attic and some walls in his Toronto-Danforth home along with buying LED light bulbs, says he noticed a drop in his electricity and natural gas use.

"It was not a lot of money. We were surprised," says Tabuns, who spent the money on top of a government subsidy program for energy retrofits and called on the Wynne administration to offer more help to homeowners.

"We desperately need people to get the work done without having to lay out a lot of money up front." The government has promised more programs soon under its new cap-and-trade plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Toronto Star

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1) The National Electrical Code states that you are ONLY allowed 80 % of the breaker's rated ampacity. 80% of 20 amps is 16 amps. 2) 12 gauge wire is only rated to be in use of a 20 amp circuit. This is a fire and safety hazard. Not to mention a DIRECT violation of the NEC. 3) 10 gauge wire is for 30 amps.1. can i connect a 8gauge wire to a 12 gauge wire?direct battery hook-up requires 8 gauge be safe put a fusable link in or go all 82. adding new romex that has red black and white other romex has black white and green?I do not have the foggiest what you are trying to do. i would not use 14 gauge wire for anything concerning AC current. if you insist, i suppose you could use the red as a ground, but mark it at all connections with green tape. If you are doing wiring in Europe or elsewhere where they use 220 V rather than 110 we use here in the states, you are going to have problems with it, and it will be a fire hazard. the smallest i ever use is 12 gauge wire, mostly i like ten or bigger. Stranded is better than solid, it carries more current for it's size, and stays cooler.3. Can I replace two 15 amp fuses with 10 and 20 amp fuses?Each fuse has to meet three requirements to be SAFE:Harper's answer made me think of one more thing. The "label" says Kitchen, Room Sockets. In addition to the refrigerator or other items that you know are on the circuit, there may be other receptacles and/or lights in other rooms on the same circuit. If the microwave pulls 1500 Amps and you have a few hundred watts of lighting (which is just a few incandescent bulbs if you are still using those), TV or other stuff then that could easily get you over the 15 Amp limit even if the refrigerator itself, when the compressor is not running, uses very little power. So you may want to turn off "everything you can find" - e.g., all lights, fans, TV, computer, etc. - everything except the refrigerator and the microwave. Then run the microwave for a couple of minutes and see if the breaker trips. Or alternatively, the next time it trips go around the house and see what else is not working - maybe some lights that you did not realize were connected to the same circuit. You might just find some additional load that can be turned off when you use the microwave and then have it work without tripping the breaker every time.Alternatively, unless you are lucky enough to have 12 gauge wire on the circuit, getting a lower power microwave may be the easiest solution.4. what is the max watts 12 awg wire can handle?it probably could, however i do not reccommend it at all considering that the amp wiring kit I bought a couple months ago came with 10 gauge wire and its only rated to handle about 350watts. If you have enough wire to run two 12 gauge wires on the same thing (like doubling it up) then that would work just fine. My guess of the max watts of 12 gauge wire (depending on the length of the wire) is about 200 watts, any more than this will probably work a little while but after some time your gonna be smellin that fried wire. Hope this helps5. what is the amperage limit of 12 gauge wire at 12vdc?This Site Might Help You. RE: what is the amperage limit of 12 gauge wire at 12vdc? it is stranded copperwire. the insulation jacket says that it can take 600v so I would assume that is a high quality wire. it is currently suppling power directly from my car battery to an ac-to-dc inverter. it spans about 10 feet, and it is a 350 watt inverter so it will be drawing about 30 amps...6. Building a PC - PSU information [closed]If you populate all 7 x1 slots each one has a max of 225w according to the website I found. That is 1575w just for the graphics cards.You will need at least 2, possible 3, PSU to power this rig depending on if each GPU maxes out. 1000w and above start getting into the crazy expensive price range. Probably better with 3 PSU at 600w or 700w(to be safe).In addition, you will need a dedicated outlet preferably 20 amp. Technically the 15A outlet has 1800w, but due to power supply inefficiencies it may exceed that number. So either a 20A circuit or 2 15 amp circuits otherwise you will trip the circuit breaker. You can not just change breakers, 20A need 12 gauge wire, not just 14 like 15 amps.
When Pursuing a Consumer Complaint, Be Vigorous and Varied
Resolving consumer problems can be tricky. Communication is a big issue.Here are two stories of customers frustrated by attempts to reach companies with complaints. One is about Bell Canada's decision to eliminate an email address for customers in favour of a restrictive website form. The other is about a series of billing errors by Enercare and its predecessor, Direct Energy.Parminder Singh Sekhon: This B.C. customer bought a Huawei Mate 20 Pro phone at a Boxing Day sale. He was interested in getting the Huawei Watch 2 that Bell was giving away with the phone "while supply lasts." The same ad was displayed at the Bell store.But he didn't get his free watch. The store said Bell hadn't sent any watches. Bell said the watches were under the store's control."I tried to email Bell, but there was no email address that I could write to," Sekhon said. "I asked Bell customer service to give me the email address, but they said talk to us or have a live chat. These are the only two options. They can't talk through email."Every time I called customer service, a new agent picked up my call. Each time I told my story, the answer was we'll look into it and give you a call back. After more than two months, I'm still waiting for the answer."Finally, he pursued the problem at the store level and got an email address for the store manager. After he sent several emails, giving a deadline for reply, the store found him a Huawei Watch 2."No one listened to me when I was requesting help in the store, but their tone changed when I started to email them," he said. "Can you please ask Bell to put an email address on their website so that no one has to go through what I did?" Spokesperson Nathan Gibson said the company offers several convenient ways to get in touch about purchases, technical support, account inquiries or to address concerns."Call us at 310-BELL, have a live online chat with one of our reps or reach us through our email form," he said."Both our live chat and email options are designed to address a customer's inquiry as quickly and efficiently as possible by immediately directing the inquiry to the most appropriate department for response."As for the customer's experience with the Huawei Watch 2 promotion, Gibson said the ads and signage indicated the offer was available in-store only and while quantities lasted."It was a popular promotion and the location Mr. Sekhon visited had already run out of supply. Unfortunately, our rep in the store mistakenly provided Mr. Sekhon with incorrect information about calling in to customer service to get the watch."We're sorry about the subsequent miscommunication between our call centre and the store, but we're pleased the situation has been resolved."Beverley and Bruce Preston: Their water heater, rented from Direct Energy, stopped working in December 2010. The water heater was replaced, but the billing was not adjusted."From that date on, we were charged for two water heaters every month. I didn't notice at the time because my mother passed away and I was dealing with her estate," Beverley said."It wasn't until November 2017 that I saw it while going through some bills. We had been overcharged every month for seven years."By that time, they were dealing with Enercare, an affiliated company that took over certain assets of Direct Energy's home services business in October 2014.After reporting the billing error, Preston was caught in a communications loop for more than a year, she said:Only in March 2019, after I forwarded their email to Enercare, did everything get straightened out."We have provided the customer with a credit as a result of what looks like a combination of a system and human error. Thanks for bringing this to our attention," said spokesperson Perry Schwartz.In addition to the $1,642.60 credit (including HST), Enercare gave them five months' free rent for their water heater."We plan to buy our own water heater once the credit is used up, so we won't have to deal with Enercare any more," Preston said.My advice: Be persistent. Use as many types of communication as possible to reach corporate decision makers. And if it takes a long time to resolve your complaint, ask for something more than a refund to recognize your patience.
Adami: Ottawa Man Says 'it's the Principle', Wants City to Pay Him $3.17 (with Video)
A $1.56 interest charge for what eventually turned out to be a water-bill overpayment isn't much, but Centretown resident Albert Galpin wants that money back, with compounded interest.Even the compounded amount is piddly - only $3.17 -and hardly seems worth pursuing.But Galpin says it's not about the money. What has his blood boiling is the reason behind the city'srefusal to give him thecredit.Though the city cancharge interest for overdue bills, there is no provision under water or revenue bylaws to reimburse interest on credit adjustments such as the $46.83 he received for his overpayment - which tracesback to acity-owned, faulty water meter in his home."It's the principle," says Galpin, who questionshow much the city has stiffed water users with unwarranted interest charges it won't repay.The retired public servant and former deputy director of investment for Foreign Affairs says the trouble startedafter he hadanew water heater installed at his Frank Streethome last January. Apipe leading from the meter developed a leak.So he contacted the city, which carried out the necessary repairs. He was charged $168 as the city had to turn the water main outside the house off and on.Had Galpin taken a close look at his next two bimonthly water bills, hewould have realized something was amiss. The first, which included three or four weeks of readings after the meter was repaired, had consumption at less than half of the previous two months. The next invoice, for late February to late April, showed zero consumption. But thelate-April-to-late-June bill, based on a city estimate and not an actual reading, showed consumption at a usual level again.Thencame a call from the city. It was July.The city explained hismeter wasn't working and needed to be replaced.Galpin says he was told water consumption would be monitored on the new meter to enable the city to estimate what it was owed for the previous five months. He got a surprise in late August, in the form of a$340 bill.Though he found out $84 was for half of the water main charge relating to the meter repair in January, Galpin thought the amountfor water consumption and related sewer surcharges was still too high.He was told in an email that the city's estimate was based on the household's consumption for two weeks in July, which, he says, would have presented an inaccurate accountfor a couple of reasons. For one thing, water consumption for his family in July would have been higher than the winter and spring months. Secondly, there were five people in the house from July 14 to 28. From late February to the end of March - part of the time frame for the estimate - there were only four people because Galpinwasvacationing in Europe.While Galpin disputed the bill with the city, he held off paying it. The city eventually agreed to base a newestimate on the family'swater consumptionfrom July to December 2014.The city also agreed to reverse a $6.40 charge for a late-payment remindernotice and about $8 for when he was on vacation. Galpin paid his overdue bill in October after he was told he would be credited with any overpayment. On Jan. 7, he receiveda credit of $46.83. He asked about the $1.56interest he paid on the $46.83, figuring the city now owed him a total of $3.17 with the compounded interest. The reply came in26 minutes. He wasn't getting it because the city could not find any requirement to do so.In an email response to The Public Citizen, Wendy Stephanson, deputy city treasurer (revenue), says the city "acts promptly to calculate and revise any billing adjustments and does not pay interest on these credit adjustments. City staff are unaware of any such provision in other municipalities/utilities as it would place this burden on all ratepayers of the system that inevitably would finance such provision through the water and sewer rate setting."To avoid interest charges, customers are always encouraged to pay balances by the due date, even if they dispute the amount."Is something bothering you Please contact:
Are You Using Your Thermostat Wrongly? Five Home Heating Errors Pushing Up Energy Bills
The vast majority of the British public think they know how to use their home heating controls - yet new research shows that more than 60 per cent are making at least one basic error that could be costing them dearly.Simply setting your thermostat to 22 C, not 21 C, could add £75 a year to your annual energy bill.According to the Energy Saving Trust, here are five common myths - busted.Myth 1: Turn the thermostat up when it's cold outside (52 per cent of people do this) This shouldn't be necessary, because the very purpose of the thermostat is to maintain the desired temperature, whatever the weather.Hand over power to your energy company - and cut your bills Heat only your living room, elderly advised Downing Street: People faced with rising energy bills should consider wearing jumpers Axe green tax or energy bills will go up every year for a decade, says energy chief Didcot: 'We feared it was going to go bang' EDF Energy cuts gas prices by just 1.3pc Greg Shreeve, energy expert at the Energy Saving Trust, says if you do turn your thermostat up even higher, you'll probably simply "find it's a bit too hot" - and you'll have wasted energy and cash in the process.Myth 2 Turn up the thermostat to heat the room more quickly (35 per cent of people do this) If you come home to a chilly house it may seem tempting to turn the thermostat up to maximum - but it won't get you back up to a comfortable temperature any sooner."People think it's like pressing your foot down on the accelerator in a car, and the further you press your foot down, the faster you get to the speed you want," Mr Shreeve explains."But actually, a thermostat doesn't control the speed at which your house heats up - it just controls the final temperatures." So you won't get to the temperature you want any sooner - but you will end up with an overly-warm house, unless you turn it back down in time.Myth 3: Leaving the heating on low constantly is more efficient than turning it on and off (38 per cent of people think this) According to the Energy Saving Trust, this simply means "these homes are heated when no-one is there to benefit and then the home is too cold when people are in the home".Much better to use a thermostat programmer to control the timing of your heating - keeping you warmer when you are at home, and saving you money when you're not.Do you do any of these basic heating errors?Myth 4: You need to keep your water heater on all day to make sure hot water doesn't run out (31 per cent of people do this) A lot of people seem to think their hot water will run out easily, so leave their water heater on all day. This "could be costing far more on their energy bills than necessary", the Energy Saving Trust says."You want to make sure your hot water tank is properly insulated. If you've heated water in the morning and your tank is well insulated that should remain warm until midday," Mr Shreeve advises.Set your hot water to come on roughly half an hour before you want to get up and start showering in the morning. You might then want it to come on again for a bit later in the day if you're likely to be doing things like washing up - but leaving it on all day will simply waste money.Myth 5: Keep electric storage heaters on all the time (only 38 per cent of people with storage heaters fully understand how they work) "Households with electric heating could be paying through the nose by not taking advantage of cheaper night rate electricity," the Energy Saving Trust says.Electric storage heaters are designed to work by using cheaper, off-peak electricity to "charge up" overnight and then releasing the heat during the day.But many people don't really understand how they work.Mr Shreeve says many storage heaters also have in-built electric panel heaters. Leaving the heaters on all the time with incorrect settings could result in them using the panel heaters not the storage ones - costing you far more.Here's the Trust's advice on how you should use a storage heater:"A standard electric storage heater has two controls, an Output setting and an Input setting. The Output setting will control how much heat the heater gives out (as long as there is stored heat available). The Input control determines how much electricity the heater will take from the grid during the coming night, and hence how much stored heat will be available the following day."So you need to set the Output dial according to how much heat you want now, and the Input dial according to how much heat you think you will need tomorrow."If a heater runs out of heat in the evening while you still need it, or if the weather gets colder, you may need to turn the Input dial up. If the weather gets warmer, or the heater never runs out of heat in the evening, you can probably save money without getting cold by turning the Input dial down."Turn the Output dial to zero before you go to bed or go out, so you're not wasting energy overheating empty rooms. You can probably do this quite early, maybe an hour before you go to bed, as it will take a while for the heater and the room to cool down."And when summer comes and you don't need the heaters any more, turn them off at the wall, not just by turning the dials to zero. Remember you will need to turn them on again the day before you need the heating to come back on."
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We almost had a fire in my building. I got a call that a burning smell was coming from the air conditioner. (It always got blamed for any smells) In checking, I found a clerk had a space heater under her desk to keep her feet warm. And where was it plug in to ? The power strip for her pc, screen and calculator. Fortunately it was just getting very warm and I removed the space heater and had a memo sent around that space heaters were not allowed.Which uses less electricity, a space heater or your house's heater?Check on your utility providers website. Ours has a handy cost estimator for most electric appliances room by room and household. We pay one of the highest rates per kilowatt hour in the country and it is 3 times more expensive to run a whole house heater than it is to run a space heater"how long before the water 'evaporates' if you turn the gas off on a gas water heater?".?It wo not evaporate... it's enclosed. Also, it wo not burn up, either - hot water is stored until someone opens the hot water faucet or tap, so with no one taking baths, showers or doing laundry it should be a moot point. Please be careful with natural gas appliances, especially hot water heaters. A gas hot water heater changed my life about two decades ago... it leaked carbon monoxide (CO) and the gas got into the ventilation system return duct, on which the hot water heater was situated, going straight to my bedroom. After a prolonged three month exposure, I nearly died, got brain damage and get headaches constantly to this day from it. Natural gas is very dangerous when used indoors... make sure you have a CO detector (something they did not have when my accident occurred) installed near any indoor gas appliance you have. CO gas is odorless/colorless. CO Detector Alarms only cost about thirty bucks and could very well save your life or at least keep you from having to let go of your career and rebuild your entire life and personality.Our propane gas heater isnt working, help!?Most commonly that symptom is caused by a bad thermocouple. You did not say what type of heater this is. Water heater? Wall furnace or free standing heater? Furnace? A failed thermocouple is rather common. It is suppose to heat up, which generates a voltage that holds a coil open that keeps the gas valve open. This is a safety so if the flame goes out the gas shuts off. But it is also possible the gas valve itself is bad but that is much more rare. And at times it is as simple as the connection, the fitting, where the thermocouple screws in to the gas valve is loose. There are a number of places online that describe, with photos, replacement of the part. Find something similar to the type of item you are working on. The couplers are cheap, and generic except for length, but too long is not a problem. They often cost less than $10. But a service call to replace it could cost ya $150 or more.Car heater only works when pressing gas?Many people forget about that the heater core is indeed part of the cooling / heating systems. Your heater core may ether need flushing or replacing , changing your coolant every two years can prevent your heater core from corroding in the future.My water heater is leaking from the bottom where it's seal at but from both sides should I replace it?Replace it. The heater will get worse over time due to rust. Never wait or you run the risk of not only water damage from water leaking, but steam will start to build up in the basement or where ever you have the heater installed. I have had some bad experiences with people ignoring their hot water heaters and having to pay more for repairs.How would having crossed hot/cold inputs on my electric water heater affect my bill. Has an on/off peak timer.?I consider you, the chilly climate outdoors could actual make your water heater run longer. From adventure, i comprehend that protecting the water heater with a specifically designed blanket will enable it maintain extra warmth and run much less even interior the iciness. The blanket is fiberglass coated with a foil outdoors. you may get them at any ironmongery shop... Ace Hardware, domicile Depot, Lowes, and so on. i do not understand if it fairly is windy the place you are , yet construction a small shed around the water heater will help, too if wind is stealing away a number of the warmth.Help! Think we need to replace electric water heater - tankless vs. regular? Brands you recommend?Forget the electric tankless water heater unless you like keeping your blood pressure up. Install a Rheem Marathon water heater. It has a plastic tank and a lifetime warranty. Costs a little more but well worth it. Also, the most effecient heater you can buy. Best of luck.Does heat pump water heater save money over natural gas water heater in colder climates?A heat pump only uses energy to move hear. The refrigerator moves heat from inside to outside. An Air Source Heat Pump moves heat from a 40° F outside to the inside just like a refrigerator does. Actually uses a lot less energy than gas.Where do you intend to locate your HPWH? It the basement with the furnace? In the garage? On an open back porch. What is the weather outside? What is the ambient temperature where you will install it?I've seen several installed in cellars, and they work great. In warmer climates in the unheated garage or even the back porch is a good choice. Colder climates put it inside.Does heat pump water heater save money over natural gas water heater in colder climates?just got a new wall heater installed will my gas bill sky rocket from using it?When you say wall heater, I assume you mean a space heater that hangs on the wall, and not a gas furnace that is installed in the wall. Your gas bill will depend on several variables. How cold it is outside, how warm you keep the apt inside, what rate the gas company in your area charges, etc. Modern gas space heaters are very energy efficient, so I would not expect the bill to increase dramatically. In my area, N.E. Texas, the weather in winter time can vary from 60 degrees to the mid teens. Most gas bills for winter months run from $40-$100 per month, depending on the house, the person, and the heating equipment. Modern gas space heaters are usually at the lower end.220v hot water heater 21 years old reset was popped reset it and works should I be concerned for another issue?Have you regularly changed drained the water to remove rust from the tank. It popped circuit is likely the heating rod which wears out, This would be noticeable in taking longer to reheat a water heater after a lot of use. These rods are replaceable, but if you have not been draining the rust away it may not be worth repairing. If it pops again you should reset and then look for a new heater. The new heaters are also more energy efficient so you will save money with lower heating cost. Mine lasted 25 years and I notices about a $10 a month electric saving with a new heater.What causes a bathtub to become backed up when a water heater is replaced?omg there could be many reasons why this happened yet sooo many odd answers. First off water heater replacement should have NOTHING to do with you tub drain, unless your heater is IN the tub! cold water goes into the heater and hot comes out. nothing from the heater would possibly connect to your tub. your tub drains usually into your basement into the main stack which goes out to your sewer. unless your plumbing is very home made, yours is this way. Being said, you simply have a coincidence and your tub is clogged.. If the stack was clogged all your sinks would be clogged alsoWhy douuble pole switch must be used for water heater? [closed]Most water heaters are 240v, this voltage is created by using 2 hot legs, for a local disconnect or breaker both hots need to be disconnected. If a single pole was used as the local disconnect the water heater would not heat but there would still be 120v at the control to the elements and this creates a hazard to someone working on the water heater (like when time to change the elements). If it is a 120v water heater a single pole is acceptable (these are usually smaller under sink type where only a small amount of water is needed at a remote location from the main water heater).Is there a portable heater that runs on regular batteries as its power source?There is a new heating technology in which a rechargeable Li-ion battery (3.5 V, 10 AH) can be used to power a new-type electrical heater for warmth creation. The heater itself is 250 g in weight, 120 cm2 in total surface area, and 1800 cm3 in volume. When powered by the Li-ion battery, the device starts to generate heat, and a surface temperature up to 60 Degree Celsius is achievable. When the heater is immerged in 150 g water of 20 Degree Celsius, the water can be heated to 45 Degree Celsius. Not sure what the applications of the new electric heating technology would be...... My email address is:Is it bad if my kitten goes under the water heater?She will be fine. She will probably like hiding underneath it. I know that water heater has 'heater' in the name, but do not worry. The heater itself is insulated and is not hot to the touch. I have a cat that likes to go behind my water heater, and it will stay there from a few minutes to an hour. It depends on what model it is and how it was set up. It might have some pipes underneath it. That's about it. You might check to make sure there are not any wires coming out of it that she can reach. If there is, just elevate it high enough to where she can not mess with it. Good luck!My Pressure Relief valve on my gas hot water heater drips very slowly is there a problem?I agree with Jeff. It is a watts pressure relief valve. You can get one at Lowes or Home Depot. Procedure: 1. Shut off the water supply 2. Shut off the wate heater. 3. drain the water heater to a level below the Watts Valve (usually 1/3 down from the top) 4. Unscrew the valve with a plumbers wrench 5. Install Teflon tape or pipe compound on the threads of the new valve. 6. Install new valve. 7. Turn on the water and check for leaks 8. If no leaks turn on the hot water heater 9. Done.... Estimated Time. 30 minutes with proper tools and access to shutoffs. I hope this helps
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