Water heater tips put safety and savings on tap


Keep safety and energy savings on tap year-round with these simple tips for your home water heater.

  • Set the water heater thermostat to 120°F or less to save energy and reduce the risk of scalding. (If your dishwasher lacks a booster heater, a setting of 140°F may be needed.)

  • Hand-test water temperature before bathing or showering. A child’s bath water generally should be no hotter than 100°F.

  • Securely install water heater restraints to wall studs to prevent movement or toppling during an earthquake, as required by state law.

  • Keep flammable products away from the water heater and vent system to help prevent fire hazards.

  • Keep the area around the water heater clean and well-ventilated.

  • Fix leaky faucets to prevent heated water from dripping away.

  • Use cold water to wash clothes and rinse dishes when possible.

  • Run full loads in the clothes washer and dishwasher.

  • Install low-flow devices on faucets and showerheads —  less water, less heating.

For more energy safety information, visit sdge.com/safety.

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