The hot water heater (natural gas) in my house burst, and so had a new one put in. When it was installed, they set it on the lowest heat setting, which heats water to about 100 to 105 degrees F. This is a bit strange, as hot water heaters are "normally" set to 140 degrees F, although a lot of people turn them down to 120 degrees F.
I am wondering what temperature people have their hot water set at, and for those who have it set low, what do you do to cope with this low setting.
For example, running a basin of hot water to shave just does not produce water that is hot enough. I could, though, heat a kettle of water on the stove and add it in. How many of you do something like this? Does it make sense?
My dishwasher has its own water heater, so it will heat water to 140 degrees if the water is not hot enough.
My (clothes) washing machine does not have a heater but does have "AccuWash," which will monitor the temperature and take from the hot water or cold water intake just what it needs to achieve the desired temperature. However, a "hot" wash requires a temperature of at least 120 degrees, which cannot be achieved at the current setting. I suppose I could change the setting an hour before doing the laundry, then set it back after the laundry is done. How many people do something like this? Is it worth it to achieve energy savings?