While most of your summer vacation planning should surround the activities you’ll do while you’re gone, one important aspect of getting ready to leave is the preparation of your home for your extended absence. Here are five tips that will help you enjoy lower energy bills after a long vacation:
- Let it get hot. No one will be in your home while you’re on vacation with your family, so feel free to turn off the air conditioner. If there are things in your home that might suffer damage from the heat, set the temperature between 85 and 90 degrees. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to resume a comfortable temperature the day you are expected to arrive home.
- Give your water heater a break. Turn off the water heater completely at the circuit breaker or set it to the lowest temperature possible. Some units even have a dedicated vacation setting you can use.
- Adjust the fridge temperature. If you’ll be gone for a few days and plan to leave food in the refrigerator, turn it up a few degrees. The food will stay good because the door will remain firmly closed the entire time. If you’ll be gone for a few weeks, empty out and clean the refrigerator, shut it off and leave the door propped open to prevent mildew growth.
- Turn off the lights. Consider using a timer to switch on a front room light in the evening for security purposes, but turn all other lights off.
- Unplug appliances. Televisions, computers, microwaves, game consoles and other appliances suck small amounts of energy from the wall whenever they’re plugged in, even if they’re turned off. Unplug the appliances in your home to save a few extra energy dollars during your summer vacation.
These tips are quick and easy to implement, yet they provide you with substantial energy savings while you’re on summer vacation. For more tricks and tips to save energy year round, please contact Stack Heating & Cooling in northeast Ohio today.
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