Water heater usage

Seems my water heater is about 30% of my electrical usage. Is this normal? What are others seeing for your water heater percentage?

Short answer: Yes, probably normal.

Long answer (to probe deeper): I suggest reading through these recent threads … there are some good details therein:

Mine is ~3% but it’s gas so only the blower is counting towards that.

@Keef71
Because of the variability in households with (electric) hot water you are probably best off trying to establish whether your monthly/yearly kWhrs for the tank are “in the realm” of sensible based on your water usage. Those prior thread links discuss some of that.

Just a few of the things that make %'s less of an indicator (when establishing what is “normal”):

  • Some people have electric house heating in winter.
  • Incoming water temperature can vary significantly by location and season.
  • AC use in summer (or not).
  • Low-flow faucets/showers? Cold or hot water laundry? Dishwasher? Some people use a lot more hot water than others.
  • Tank set temperature

Thanks a lot. We have gas heat. You bring up a few points I had not thought of. I’m sure the percentage will change this summer when the AC kicks in.