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anybody ever thought about hooking up an old non working water heater (obviously has to still be water tight) before your working water heater? Having the extra water heater not only would keep a lot of extra water, but should cut the cost of gas heating your water.

Have the water coming into your house hook up to the non functioning water heater, then have the working one behind the non working one. This will preheat to room temperature the non-working water heater, and make the working water heater work less. Our city water comes out at like 50 degrees and our basement stays a consistent 70, so that's 20 degrees you won't have to heat when using hot water, should end up saving you some cash for not having to heat those 20 degree! Plus you will have more hot water when company is there!
 

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I had to read this twice, but now I understand. So what your saying is the cold water from the city is coming in, your home heats it up from 50 to 70 degrees and leaves it in the non working one sorta like a holding tank. From there when you need it, it goes to your second working heater and goes to the shower. Did I get it right? That is a good idea if it can pump correctly I would assume, but I don't know the mechanics behind that part.

I would like to see the cost savings if you wrap your water heater with a solar blanket also, or have one of those solar water heater pumps. I looked them up about 4 months ago and they were about 4 grand to get. I'm all about saving money and this has got me thinking.
 

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You read it perfectly right! I imagine it would work like a normal water heater, with the pressure pushing it through both when you pull open the faucet...I'm not sure though!
 
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