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,+ POWERFUL ADVICE Thursday, Ap'ri110, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-11 TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY Is your electricity bill in hot water?- n electric water heater can ac- count for up to 25 percent of a home's energy bill. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting a resi- dential water heater to 120 degrees to re- duce energy usage and help prevent scald- ing. You can save energy and help make your home saf- er by reducing By JUSTIN HOLZGROVE dren or elderly in the home who are more susceptible to scalding. It's important to know how fast it takes to get a bad burn when the tempera- ture of water is set too high. It can take two seconds to be badly burned when the water temperature is 150 degrees; six seconds at 140 degrees; and ten min- the thermostat setting on residential water heaters. Each 10-degree re- duction in water tem- perature can save 3 percent to 5 percent on the water heater's en- ergy consumption. Hot water usage isn't sea- sonal, like space heat- ing, so with a small change to your water heater's thermostats, you can look forward to year-round savings. Safety first - prevent scalding Washington State law requires new resi- dential water heaters sold in the state be pre-set at 120 degrees. PUD 3 is required to notify customers an- nually that state law recommends their wa- ter heaters should be set no higher than 120 degrees. Furthermore, when a home is sold or rented, the previous owners or agent must set the water heater back to 120 degrees be- fore the next resident moves in. From a safety and cost-savings stand- point, lowering the temperature makes a lot of sense, especially if there are young chil- utes at 120 degrees. To Check and Adjust Water Heater Tem- perature: TOOLS NEEDED: a fiat head screw- driver and a regular home cooking ther- mometer. WATCH AND LEARN: PUD 3 has a DIY video online at masonpud3.org/water heating. 1. Turn on the hot water at the faucet closest to the water heater. This may be in a bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, etc. Let it run for at least three minutes to ensure wa- ter is coming directly from the water heater tank. 2. Measure the wa- ter temperature using a cooking thermometer. It may be easier to place a small cup below the faucet. 3. Turn off the water heater breaker at the home's electric panel. This should be done prior to making any adjustments. 4. Locate the water heater access panels. Many water heaters have a top and bottom element. Both should be adjusted to the same temperature. 5. Remove the water heater access panel. Insulation may need to be removed to ac- cess the thermostat. If so, consider wearing gloves. Do not remove the plastic cover on the thermostat. 6. Using the flat head screwdriver, ad- just the temperature down to 120 degrees. The thermostat may not have the setting in degrees. Instead, it may use terms such as "hot" and "cold". Ad- just accordingly, then retest. 7. Replace the ac- cess panels and turn on the circuit breaker to re-energize the water heater. 8. Wait three hours before testing again to allow changes to take effect. 9. Re-measure the water temperature. Save money with a high-performance shower head Shortening showers by just a few minutes each day can make the energy savings re- ally add up. Showers are sneaky consumers of electricity, because most people forget about the energy need- ed to heat water for a warm shower. Install- ing a low-flow shower- head on each shower in a home can help save money on monthly wa- ter and electric utility bills. Most older-style showerheads are rated at about five gallons per minute. Installing a new high- performance, low-flow showerhead can save an average of three gallons of water per minute, not to mention the energy used to heat the water. PUD 3 customers can pick up a free high- performance, low-flow shower head at any PUD location. Look for the Energy Star logo when buy- ing a new clothes washer The average Ameri- can family washes almost 300 loads of laundry each year. Families can cut their related energy and water costs by simply purchasing an Energy Star-certified clothes washer. These products have proven their effi- cient use of energy and water to make them stand out among the competition. They are available in front-load and top-load models, and have come down in price over the past few years. Send questions to conservation@mason pud3.org. Justin Holzgrove is a Mason County PUD 3 conservation manager know Shelton Dental Center has a second office in Elma? DENTAL If the She/ton office h closed, the Elma office h open. (360) 426-8401 360.GO.BRUSH (462-7874) www.SheltonDentalCenter.com 1829 Jefferson Street Shelton WA, 98584 2 CHIP TRUCK Drivers ROOM FOR rent with needed at Local Shelton shared bathroom & Mill. 3 years experience kitchen. All utilities paid required. Apply at 500 E. but cable. Mt. 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