Before you head out for vacation, set down your bags and take a look around your home. You could be wasting energy (and money!). When you’re going to be away from home for more than a few days, you don’t need to leave many of your home’s appliances on. There are a few actions you can take to ensure you’re not wasting electricity while you’re away, and we’ve listed them for you.
Implement these five pre-vacation to-do’s, and you will find extra savings for next year’s vacation fund!
1. Programmable Thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat, raise it by five degrees. This will use your air conditioning unit much less, but your home will still be comfortable when you arrive home. If the weather is cooler, you can consider turning it off altogether.
2. Water Heater
Water heaters are one of the top appliances in your home for using electricity. If you will be gone for a few days, turn it off at your breaker. This will eliminate standby costs of the water heater constantly running. Most water heaters will heat up in about an hour, so turn it on when you arrive home from vacation.
3. Small Devices
Unplug, unplug, unplug. It’s as simple as that! Make sure you unplug any devices that will be out of use for a few days or more. This includes your coffee maker, toaster, televisions, phone chargers, and more. This will reduce the amount of standby electricity that is being used in your home.
4. Ceiling Fans
Remember, fans cool you and not the room. Turn off the ceiling fans in every room of your home.
Most of us clean out the fridge before we leave for vacation. However, did you know that a full fridge is more efficient than an empty one? Consider cleaning out your fridge when you get back. Keeping is full will allow it to run more efficiently while you’re away. If you’re going on an extended vacation and will be away for more than a month, consider completely emptying your fridge and unplugging it.
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