Splitting a water heater bill

Open the drain cock to allow the water to exit the heater.

Consider opening the pressure-relief valve, usually on the top of the unit, to allow water to flow freely. But DO NOT open the pressure-relief valve without first placing a bucket under the discharge pipe. Opening it can allow water to drain onto the floor unless something is placed under the discharge pipe to catch the water.

The pressure relief valve is usually a lever that you flip into an "up" position to open it. Make sure water flows at a rate that wherever you are draining to can be managed. Caution: If you did not allow the water to cool, it will be extremely hot as it leaves the tank. Also, realize that if the drain cock is made of plastic and the heater is several years old, it may be difficult to open and may break if...
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When you are sharing a home with flat mates or adult siblings, or have adult children living at home, you want to make sure that paying the power bill is not a painful experience each month. (1) The cost of living in Auckland and other New Zealand cities is rising , so keeping your average electricity bills at a reasonable price can take the sting out of your ‘expenses' tail. When you're sharing a home, a good place to start is by making sure everybody is paying their fair share.

It can be hard to split costs – sometimes more so if you know the individuals well. To avoid any awkward end of the month conversations that can arise when it is time to divvy up the utility costs be proactive and have a bill payment plan.

What is your fair share when it comes to pay power bills?

Our research suggests a 2 person household in Auckland spends approximately $200 a month on electricity and gas. How do you make sure that the resident living more economically does not incur...

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There are hundreds of ways—both big and small—that you can save money on your energy bills by making your home more energy efficient. Yes, even during the freezing cold months when all you want is to take a hot bath and then hibernate under your favorite blanket. You’ve probably heard about using an extra blanket to stay warm at night instead of turning up the heater, but have you considered wrapping your hot water heater in an insulation blanket? It makes a big difference during the colder months, as you can imagine, but it’s also an effective way to save money year round.

via Home Depot

What is an Insulation Blanket?

An insulation blanket, or hot water heater blanket, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a blanket that wraps around your hot water heater to keep it from losing heat. It also helps your hot water heater to maintain a consistent temperature.

Insulation blankets are made up of a variety of materials—from foil and...

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A hot water heater is a specialized device used for regulating hot or cold water within your home. It is either a tank-type, a tankless or a solar device.

Different problems may be associated with different types of heaters. However, there are some common issues that you may experience, regardless of the type of tank you have.

No Hot Water

So you’ve finally installed a brand new hot water heater system and you are excited to use it. You turn on the device, turn on the water in your faucet…. and, to your dismay, the water is still cold!

How much new water heater installation costs?

New Gas Water Heater Cost:$800 - $1100

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Lets take a closer look at these problems:

Before you grab your phone for a refund, you should know that this is actually a common problem and yes, it can be fixed.

If you have an electric device, and its not producing hot water after being turned on...

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Don't do the following: If power company's electric meter is suspect, break with hammer and they will replace meter. Wear eye protection. Stand on dry boards. Electrocution danger. Is water heater the problem?
Typical electric bill for 30-40-50 gallon heater might be $41 per month depending on usage, local cost per Kwh, and other factors discussed below.
Start here: Do not run any hot water for 2 hours before starting test. Do not use any hot water during test.
Observe electric meter for 1 hour, and how fast it is changing with normal household electric use.
This will give you normal Kwh usage.
Then turn off breaker to water heater, and observe if electric meter is slower.
Compare electric meter change after 1 hour with water heater breaker off.
This will give you Normal Kwh usage minus water heater Kwh usage.

Check other usage points, such as microwave oven, refrigerator.
Use Kwh hour meter to record usage over 1 week for microwave...

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In February 2017, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee, marking her 65-year reign as Queen of England. Her Majesty surpassed her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, as Britain's longest-ruling monarch, and now also holds the title of the world's longest-reigning monarch. Here are 25 more royal facts about Queen Elizabeth, to celebrate her 92nd birthday (her real one—she has two, after all).


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For the first 10 years of her life, Princess Elizabeth was a relatively minor royal—her status was akin to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York today—but that all changed with the death of her...

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Power your shower (and washing machine, and dishwasher) with one of these energy-efficient units.

Nothing spoils a relaxing hot shower more than a spray that suddenly turns ice cold — except perhaps the accompanying realization that you might need a new water heater. If your conventional unit is more than 10 years old, shows signs of leaks around the base, or operates erratically despite your best efforts at do-it-yourself troubleshooting, it’s probably time to start shopping around for a replacement.

Fortunately, when investing in a new system, you’re not limited to buying a model identical to the one you currently own. In fact, you might consider upgrading to a unit with a larger capacity, or opting for a more energy-efficient tankless unit so you can shrink your monthly bills (water heating can account for up to 30 percent of the average household’s energy costs).

Here’s how to decide whether making the switch makes sense for your household and, if so, how...

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New homeowners in Peterborough received a new bill of $701.25 for a water heater rental on their Enbridge statement in June. This cost came as a shock to Melissa Gueran and Jason Phelps who said they didn’t know they were renting a water heater.

“We moved in Jan. 22 of 2016, and my husband originally said he wanted to buy a water heater. We’re so new to it, it was our first house so we don’t know how it all works anyways,” said Melissa Gueran.

Gueran said that when they moved in, they never saw any costs for a water heater so assumed it was covered in the cost of the mortgage.

“To charge me $47.50 a month when my highest gas bill since we moved in has been $38 is ridiculous,” said Phelps.

WATCH: Woman displaced by Mississauga house explosion claims that water heater company took advantage

Global reached out to Enercare which responded with this statement: “Mr. Phelps’ builder entered into an agreement with Enercare and requested delivery of a...

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No, no, no! Not only would it totally not do what you want, but would make the cost splitting even worse, as one tenant's other load would wind up on the other tenant's bill, simply due to the way electrons seek the path of least resistance.

It would also create neutral and ground loops that would make heat in unexpected places, and your circuit breakers wouldn't protect you from that. It could burn the building down.

A less-unsafe way of doing that would be seek out a water heater with two separate heating elements on 2 circuits. For instance larger on-demand heaters have this. Put one circuit on one service, and the other circuit on the other service. If they operate together, that would split the cost. Check with the manufacturer to see if they do that. However there'd still be an issue of ground. If the apartments are served by 2 service panels, each getting their grounds from different locations, then you would be entangling grounds from two different systems,...

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I am not sure if you use a property management software, but the software I use a property management software called Appfolio. Within this property management software it allows me to enter the amount of the utility bill and it actually calculates each tenants portion based on the ration that I put in. For instance on my properties that are all the same square foot, I have the 90% occupancy and 10% square footage. It will actually take a count for each occupant in the unit and charge the tenants based on the date they moved in, and any prorated charges between bills.

I took over managing a 20 unit apartment building in Norfolk and August of 13 the water was around $1300 a month, Now that the tenants pay their portion of the bill the total bill last month August 14 was $798.00. Not only are tenants actually conserving water, but they don't want their water bill to go up like it did in December and reported all units with unauthorized people living in the...

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Hello Mustachians. I'm mulling a move and downsize and would love your thoughts.

I've got a house with a basement apartment. The entire thing is currently rented out, but will be available to me and my young child next spring.
Upstairs: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, living area.
Basement apartment: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen/dining area, living area, walk-in closet/dressing area. The basement apartment has its own entrance and free parking.
There is one set of laundry machines, and we each have access from our own parts of the house.
I have rented out the apartment in the past while living in the larger upstairs part of the house. I charge a flat rent, and pay all the utilities. This is the convention in my area. This includes water, gas (heat, dryer), electricity, wifi and one cable TV hookup. The basement resident has NO control over the heat or central A/C - it's all controlled upstairs where the thermostat is. This has not been...

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I'd install 1 new gas furnace and have the tenants pay the gas. Depending on your numbers it could have a pretty short payoff.

At a 2 unit building with a single gas boiler, we were paying about $3,600 for oil which included heat and domestic hot water, so it ran 365 days a year. Cost about $6,500 to install 2 new gas boilers and 2 new gas hot water heaters for domestic. Lowered tenant's rent $50 each right after installation costs $1,200, but saved $3,600 minus $1,200 = $24,000 yr. When new tenants moved in the rent was raised back up $50, savings per year $3,600. In less than 3 years conversion paid for, every year thereafter $3,600 increase in cash flow at 10 cap that equates to a $36,000 increase in building value.

At another 2 unit we were able to keep the existing hot air furnace, cutting off the ducts to the second floor and installing a new gas furnace in the attic. costs about $3,000.

At yet another 2 unit, kept existing oil hot water boiler for 1...

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Written by Lucas Hall on April 2, 2015


Elise from Utah asks about her seemingly high gas utility bill. The landlord manages the shared utilities, and it doesn’t seem accurate. Who is responsible for shared utilities at multifamily properties, and what is the best way to divide the cost among the units?

Full Transcript:

Lucas: What’s up, everyone? This is Lucas Hall from Landlordology and Cozy. Welcome to the 18th episode of Ask Lucas. It’s a bite-size Q&A show where I answer your questions about landlording and property management. If you have a question you can leave a recorded message on landlordology.com/ask-lucas, and I’ll answer it in this podcast.

Today’s question comes from Elise from Utah, but first let me tell you a little bit about Cozy.

Cozy is an online rental management tool designed for landlords like you and me. I use it and I really do think it’s the best way for landlords to manage their properties from...

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A Mitsubishi Heat Pump keeps this kitchen cool in summer and warm in winter.

Heat pumps are awesome – everyone says that right? But they’re also kind of… magical? Not really, of course. But the technology that drives heat pumps is mysterious unless you’re an expert in physics AND heating and cooling. And most literature on the Internet either wants you to buy a heat pump, or wants you to NOT buy a heat pump and stick to oil or propane for heat. So we decided to demystify heat pumps for everyone and answer questions straight up so you can make your own informed buying decisions. Are you ready to learn? Here we go:

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is a standalone, two-component appliance that uses refrigeration technology and electricity to provide heating and cooling for homes, businesses and other applications. A heat pump has two components – a condenser unit that most often sits outside of a home that produces the heating or cooling, and an indoor unit that...

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