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March 17th, 2011 at 02:21 pm

**First off, we hadn't turned on the heat in over a week, and so I decided to turn down the water heater last night. I get the feeling it is later than usual, but it has been cold. (We set it to a lower level in the spring/fall, and even lower in summer).

Woke up and it was FREEZING. Might have been 40 degrees outside - maybe colder.

Now (2pm) it feels like 70 degrees outside.

Can't win!

So, do I turn the hot water back up? Probably will. I saw some cold mornings in the forecast. Bah.

We are also due for tons more rain, so hoping we can stay dry here. The rivers/creeks are full and the ground is so saturated.


Dh is so funny because he keeps telling me how annoying all the girls are in the kids' classes. How they are always asking him stupid questions, playing dumb, etc.

I finally said, "I bet they just all have a CRUSH on you." I was teasing him, but kind of what it sounded like.

Anyway, we just left LM's conference and all these little girls came running up to dh and hanging off of him. O.M.G.

I called it!

Poor dh. Irresistible to the 8 and under crowd. Wink

5 Responses to “Kids...”

  1. momcents Says:

    The charm to the 8 year olds must be contagious. My husband was recently dubbed "the hottest" dad at the school, by whom? A 3rd grade girl in my son's class. I'm friends with her mother, who shared this, (a) because she didn't know her daughter would use the word "hot" in that sense while they were reviewing for a spelling test - he was also "hotter than" father X, and (b) my DH's recent 35# weight loss has been appreciated by women of all ages. LOL!

  2. M E 2 Says:

    Huh? I don't get it. What does the furnace have to do with the water heater? And/or vice versa. Have never heard of anyone doing it in correlation to the weather. Nor have I ever heard it being recommended to do so.

  3. Ann Says:

    I'm not getting the water heater either. Don't you need your hot water temp the same no matter what the temp is outside? I'm anxious to hear what the correlation is!

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    When the weather is mild we don't need the water so hot. It's really as simple as a scalding hot shower is nice in the winter, but something we never use in our hot summers. (I also think the heat in the summer insulates the hot water heater more - whereas we have to turn it up to get the same HOT water in winter).

    So we turn it down in spring. Turn it down more in summer. If the air is not cold, I don't need the shower water to be so hot to be comfortable. If we don't need warm air, we don't need hot water so much.

    We save a fortune on our gas bills this way. Our hot water heater is very efficient, so if you are imagine we use warm water in summer and hot water in winter, that's not it. I just turn it down a notch, and our bills are significnatly lower. We could probably suffer with our "summer level" year-round, but in the winter we like the luxury of extra hot water.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    Also, many people turn *off* their hot water when they don't use it. Our tank/pipes are well insulated so it only *fires up* when we use it, for the most part. We only pay $8/month for gas in the summer so I can't see turning it *off* more would give us significant savings. Probably only $5 of that is even hot water - we have other gas appliances. But, depending on your situation, turning it off during the day could be another cost savings measure. One I have seen mentioned often in these blogs.

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