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Thread #130524   Message #2954791
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
29-Jul-10 - 07:00 PM
Thread Name: July-2010-DeClutter & Exercise Accountability
Subject: RE: July-2010-DeClutter & Exercise Accountability
Bright idea afternoon, here.

I have been looking at the readings on my computer to see why it has slowed down so much some times of the day. I've found part of the problem, and I've found a few things that aren't working correctly. I have an external hard drive that I can't see the contents, and keep meaning to diagnose. Turns out Win7 isn't compatible. So I'll move it over to my other workspace in this office, where my office laptop is located, and use it there. This one has an extra USB plug (so I can connect a device to the disk drive and the computer sees it in a kind of daisy chain fashion).

I've paid a couple of bills (nice!) and am following my own advice that I sent to Maryanne, looking into the costs of on-demand water heaters. Last year I had higher bills because a couple of things weren't working - my side-by-side fridge was keeping the freezer way too cold, and that is fixed. My hot water heater was keeping the water way too hot, and that is fixed. But I've been thinking about the on-demand system for a while and wonder if it isn't worth while making the change before the hot water tank bursts. Again. It's out of warranty, it could be any day now. :-/

I looked at the Energy Guide yellow sheet on my hot water tank. Looks like I average about $559 a year paying for hot water - probably higher if you take my son's hour-long showers into account, though there are only 2 of us in the house.

Depending on how many devices you have going at once, you can put tankless water heaters in one in a central place for a smaller house, or you can put one near each major hot water faucet in a more spread out place. Or you can put them in multiples, like putting two parallel heaters one place for the house, in so they're working together. I have electric only, so that would be a better bet here. Looks like those heaters meant for this climate cost about $500 each, and then there's installation. I think I've just answered one of my first thoughts - it looks like a job to do after the hot water tank finally dies. :)