Are you taking a vacation this summer? Your home should too! By preparing your house for your absence, you can cut down on energy costs and have more money to spend on souvenirs during your trip.
Follow these five simple tips on reducing energy usage and get ready to save!
- Turn your thermostat up to 85 degrees. You’ll dramatically cut down on energy usage and you won’t have to worry about the heat while you’re away. If it’s a programmable thermostat, simply use the vacation or hold setting to make sure that it stays at that temperature.
- Remember to unplug all electronic devices. Even when they’re not turned on, anything that’s plugged into the wall can continue to use energy. By unplugging your devices or using a smart power strip, you won’t be paying for wasted electricity.
- Check the water heaters and pool equipment. Something many people don’t think about is the ‘round-the-clock energy that their water heaters use. When you leave for a trip, turn your water heater down to its lowest setting. If your pool uses a heater as well, think about purchasing a pool cover that will help trap the heat in your pool, so that you can avoid the cost to reheat it. Another piece of advice for pool owners is to adjust the timing for the automatic pool filter and sweeper, which don’t need to run as frequently while you’re out of town.
- Set timers where necessary. Finally, you might want to put your lights on a timer so they only come on at night. This way, you’ll reduce your energy costs, and add a security feature to your home.
All of these tips should be customized to both the length of your vacation and your individual home’s needs. For instance, if you’re leaving pets at home, don’t raise the temperature in the house to above 78 degrees. If you’re going on an extended trip, keep the heat out by closing the curtains and reduce energy usage by turning off ceiling fans.
Whether it’s a weekend road-trip or summer backpacking through Europe, remember to follow some of these energy tips to avoid spending unnecessary money while you’re away.
Are you going anywhere this summer, and what will you be doing to save energy while you’re away?