Wow, who knew having sufficient hot water was a Green conspiracy? I would've had them down in the "do without" camp, but some folks claim otherwise.
Whatever. When my Grandmothers got their first hot-water tank for their stoves, when they upgraded from wood or coal to kerosene, it was about convenience. And when the long, long development of the home water heater finally resulted in a device that was not too likely to make like a rocket or a bomb, they got those, too. Turn the tap, hot water comes out, how wonderful is that?
Tam -- and I -- would like to have an infinite supply of hot water, which we don't got. If I plan to, say, soak in Epson Salts water and then shower afterwards, I have to fill the tub with hot water and add the salts, then wait a bit before soaking and showering, or the water heater will run cold. Tam observed the procedure and wrote about getting a demand-type "instant" water heater. (Impractical without a water softener around here, I think -- in Indy, small plumbing leaks tend to be self-healing from the hard water!). Tsk, you'd'a thunk she was planning to join the Communist Party and liberate the furniture from capitalist oppression.
Sometimes a water heater is just a water heater -- no, make that "pretty much every time." Unless it's handwoven by hippies, maybe, and I hear they don't offer much of a warranty.
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