Are you ready for a vacation?
Your home should be too! Preparing your home before you leave for your vacation can not only help protect your home and your belongings while your away, but also provide your family with some energy savings to spend while your away! Follow these five simple tips to prepare your home before your vacation.
Whether your going away for a three day weekend or your leaving for a week long summer vacation, remember to follow some of these energy-saving tips to avoid incurring unnecessary expenses while you’re away.
1. Turn off the lights.
Leaving lights on when your away wastes energy. If you decide to keep any of your lights on as a security measure, invest in an automatic timer. Programming your lights to turn on during the evening and early morning hours can help prevent wasted energy during the day.
2. Turn down your air conditioner.
While it’s important to keep the air circulating in your home while you’re gone, you can drastically cut down on energy usage by turning your thermostat up to 85 degrees. If you have a programmable thermostat, simply use the “vacation” feature to maintain safe and efficient indoor temperatures while you’re gone.
3. Unplug appliances and electronics.
Even when they’re turned off, anything that’s plugged into the wall can continue to consume energy. By unplugging your devices or using a smart power strip, you’ll avoid wasting standby power.
4. Adjust your water heater(s).
Turn your water heater down to “low” or to “vacation” mode. If your pool also uses a heater, consider purchasing a pool cover that will help minimize heat loss so that you can avoid the cost to reheat it.
If you’ll only be gone a few days, turn your refrigerator’s thermostat up a few degrees. If you’ll be gone more than two weeks, clean and empty the refrigerator, prop the door open, and unplug the unit.
Whether it’s a weekend road-trip or stay at the lake house, remember to follow some of these energy-saving tips to avoid unnecessary expenses while you’re away.
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