Vacation Energy Savings
Going on Vacation?
Take advantage of the opportunity to save on energy costs while you’re away.
- Plug electronics into an advanced power strip and then shut the power
strip off – this will help prevent your electronics from draining unneeded
power. For smaller electronic items like a coffee maker or rechargeable
that don’t make sense using a power strip, make sure to unplug them.
- Turn your water heater to vacation mode if it has one, or set it to the
lowest temperature while you’re away (at least 50 degrees to avoid
frozen pipes if winter time).
- If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to a lower temperature for
the duration of your trip, and back to normal one day before you arrive home.
(If winter time, the thermostat should be set to around 65 degrees in to keep
pipes from freezing.)
- Double check that all the lights are turned off before you leave your
house – having just one light on can cost quite a bit of money.
- Consider using light timers to give the appearance that you’re still at home.
- Check that all windows are closed and locked to provide an extra close seal.
- Keep window shades and curtains drawn to help keep the house cool from
the afternoon sun.