According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. Traveling on holidays can be hectic and we aren’t always thinking about what we can do before we leave our homes that will save energy and money while we are away. The answer? Turn off your water heater. Normally, your water heater will power up and reheat the water that’s in the tank every 30 minutes or so. If you are leaving town, there’s no reason to have the water heater working at it’s normal pace. Turning it off saves energy…and lowers your PG&E bill. If you have a tankless water heater, then you’re already switched on. A tankless water heater only heats water when you need it.