So after five years with a company with whom I have no plans of leaving I have a free water heater? Heck yeah, sign me up! We still paid for labor and extra parts, but what a deal! The men who came to install it were friendly and funny. They had some struggles with the house, finding things interestingly done, rather like what my Charles and I have found in our own work, but nothing that was too difficult.
Four hours later, we had a new water heater, energy efficient and larger than the last one. We've been using it for a week now, and I've gotta say, it's glorious. I no longer run out of hot water before the end of my shower, and the next time the power goes out (because it will -- probably sooner than later) we'll still have hot water. What bliss!
Getting a new water heater was also a benefit for our electrical bill and not just in the way you think. While they were hooking up the vent, one of the workers found that a duct was loose in the furnace, so every time we've used the heater, we've been heating the attic. A furnace guy will be here on Thursday to fix that little issue.
It's easy to take hot water for granted, at least until it's taken away over and over again. I hope that I'll continue to realize what a blessing that hot shower is.
Since I mentioned The Concord House, I thought I should give you a quick update. My Charles has had a lot of work in trying to get the house cleared. It isn't empty yet. He's been going down there while I've been working on things here, so I haven't gotten any photos. The bathrooms are being gutted and replaced even as I type. We plan on ripping out the carpet, cleaning the hard wood floors that my Charles has found beneath the worn out carpeting, and painting every room. When that begins, I promise I'll share photos. Lots of them.