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Old 09-12-2008, 08:47 AM   #1
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Insulating Your Hot Water Heater

With oil prices what they are I am trying to find ways to save this year. I really should have done this years ago, but never had the motivation I needed until now.

I know next to nothing about home improvement so I am looking to you all for suggestions. My first question is about insulating my hot water heater. Do I just buy regular insulation and wrap the tank or do hardware stores sell insulation secifically designed for hot water tanks?

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Old 09-12-2008, 08:49 AM   #2
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You can buy a water heater insulating kit.
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:58 AM   #3
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Thanks Andy. That was the answer I was hoping for. Are they standard or do i need to take measurements of my tank?
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They probably go by gallon capacity. I'd be prepared with height and circumference numbers as well as capacity.
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Thanks Andy. If I can get to it I will do this tomorrow.
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Good luck. It should make a difference.
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I figure every little bit will help.
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I figure every little bit will help.
GB...if your hot water line coming out of the tank is not insulated and you can get to it, it would be a good idea to insulate it with pipe insulation. If your line goes into a wall close to the heater you won't be able to.
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Thanks Nicahawk. That pipe is exposed and not insulated. I will look into that as well. Thanks for the tip!
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Good answers so far.
And if you're really feeling ambitious, and your house has a cellar, stick some insulation all around the wood plate that goes around the perimeter, where your floor joists are nailed.
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