Should I turn off the main water valve
and unplug my water heater
when I leave for the summer?
Turning off the main water valve to your home or condominium is a task that should always be considered and highly recommended. Flooding due to broken lines, washer hoses, leaking toilets etc. can be avoided.
The water heater uses energy even when you are not using hot water. It uses from $3.00 to $6.00 per month just keeping the water in the tank hot. Turn off an electric water heater at the breaker box. You'll need a few hours to heat the water when you return.