Suggestions for Hot Water?

jcleary47 Posted By jcleary47, Nov 29, 2012 at 9:45 AM

  1. jcleary47


    Feb 21, 2012
    Gorham, ME
    It's tough for me to estimate how much I typically use as this is the first winter I've had my pellet stove so I'm not sure yet but I can say that in the past, we typically filled up with oil in the spring so we have oil through summer and then top it off in the fall before winter and sometimes have to fill up again before winter is over.

    I filled my tank at the end of September this year, and I'm currently at 3/4 of a tank remaining having had just the pellet stove heating all of my house except for the room above my garage which is set to 45 degrees.
  2. maple1

    Minister of Fire

    Sep 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    I'm sticking with what I said in post 8.

    You might want to see how things go through this winter, since it's your first on pellets, but as someone else menioned, you likely burn 150 gallons of oil just to keep your boiler hot all summer. My oil consumption with my coil-in-boiler was around 180 gallons a year for 17 years, and I'd say 95% of that was for hot water when I wasn't heating - the oil rarely cut in during the heating season when burning wood.
  3. Redbarn

    Burning Hunk

    Jul 30, 2012
    SE PA
    We used to use an 80 gallon oil water heater for summer hot water. Used 1 gall per day, easily $100+/month.
    Switched to a Geyser heat pump water heater, using the same oil heater tank but with oil burner turned off.
    Have used $15/month max in electricity since the switch.

    We have a large, in-ground basement that allows year round HPWH use.
    The HPWH run time increases circa 50% in the winter but hot water quantity does not vary much.
  4. jdp1152

    Minister of Fire

    Oct 4, 2012
    I'm in the process of converting from oil to Geothermal heating/cooling and ordered this hot water heater to replace the oil/solar one. I plan on installing it in Jan when the oil furnace is decommissioned. You should talk with your home insurance company as well, Removing combustion systems from your house can also reduce your insurance premiums adding to your savings.

    The price and reviews were why I went with this one.
  5. woodgeek

    Minister of Fire

    Jan 27, 2008
    SE PA
    That's a good tip....I should call my insurance co. I still think for a larger family (we are 4) a 80 gallon HPWH is a better deal the the GE (if you have the room). And if it runs less in conventional mode, more eff than a smaller unit.

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