In the midst of planning a trip, packing, and making sure your family has everything they need before hitting the road for that summer vacation, it can be easy to forget about your home’s energy use.
You can do several quick things to ensure your home doesn’t run up your energy bill behind your back while you’re on vacation. Take a look at the following tips that could help you save more.
- Unplug nonessential appliances and electrical devices to avoid wasting energy. This includes computers and TVs; however, keep essential items like refrigerators plugged in. Double-check electronics that produce heat, like irons, hair styling tools, and your coffee maker. While at it, you may want to test your smoke detectors to ensure they’re working properly.
- Let your water heater take a vacation too. Most modern water heaters have a “vacation mode” switch, which may be labeled as “VAC.” You may also want to turn off the water valves to your dishwasher, sink, and washing machine.
- Lower your window shades to prevent the sun from heating your home. Shades will help cool your home slightly, especially on hot summer afternoons.
- Turn off lights or use a light timer for home security.
- Set your programmable thermostat to a higher temperature. This will help keep your air conditioner from blowing expensive, cold air while you’re gone.
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