1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

December 31, 2008

Day 366

Today is December 31, 2008. Since this was a leap year that makes today day 366. Happy New Year! For the last year I have posted a 1:5:10:365 EcoTip. I’ve had a number of people ask what I intend to do once the year of posts was completed.

It is my intention to continue posting – but probably not every single day. For the last year I’ve been encouraging people to do one thing for 5 to 10 minutes a day to help improve our home and planet. Prior to beginning this project our family had already taken many of the actions that were discussed – but there is always more that can be done. For this next year I plan to refine and improve those things about our home that will make it a better more sustainable place. I will report on those projects as they progress.

Yesterday I tackled our hot water heater. I don’t know its exact age, because it was present in our home when we moved in about 5 years ago, but it is making a lot of noise, which tells me its full of sediment. I tried draining the sediment and found there was enough to clog the drain valve – so I ended up spending about half the day changing out the drain valve, pressure relief valve and checking the sacrificial anode (:209, :210, :212, :213). The anode is still in good shape – so I will recheck it again in about two years. By the time I finished all this, there wasn’t enough time to finish flushing out the sediment. That will be my project for today.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

John Banta

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1 Comment »

  1. I am amazed at how much sediment had built up in our water heater over five years. Switching the drain valve has made a big difference. I’ve been flushing two gallons a day since January 1st and am still getting a fair amount of sediment. I think what is happening is the sediment that remains redistributes so that each day I get some more. Eventually the years of build up should be eliminated so that I can then drop down to once a month. The rumbling noise from the hot water heater is also getting better – but still not gone. The other indication that the sediment is under control will be when the rumbling stops.

    John Banta

    Comment by John Banta — January 4, 2009 @ 8:40 am


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