Did you know that you can save both energy and money while you are away on vacation? Just follow these home energy efficiency tips:
- Turn the air conditioning down – For every degree a thermostat is raised during the summer, a homeowner can save 2-3 percent on his or her electricity bill.
- Unplug your small kitchen appliances and tech gear. These household items are called “energy vampires” because they still draw current even when not in use. So before the family leaves, someone should walk around the house and unplug every unnecessary appliance and electronic device. Start with the television, computer, and entertainment center, but don’t forget small items like coffee pots, digital clocks, and cell phone chargers – they all drain energy when plugged in.
- To avoid unexpected water loss and damage, turn off your main water shutoff valve.
- Set your water heater to low or vacation mode if it has one. If you will be gone for quite awhile, shut off your water heater at the fuse box. When arriving back home, remember to turn the main shutoff valve back on and run some water in the sink to ensure your tank is full before turning it back on.
- If you have an automated irrigation system, check to see if the rain sensor is set to ¼ inch.
- Lower the blinds and close the curtains when leaving for vacation. This simple act will keep heat from coming in during the summer or going out during the winter.
- Double check to ensure your smoke detectors and home security alarm systems are operating in an optimal fashion.
For tips on protecting your home and property while away, review our Leaving On Vacation Home Security Checklist at:
Following both the Energy Saving and Vacation Home Security Checklists will help give you and your family peace of mind while away on vacation. So enjoy your vacation, and come back refreshed and ready to go!!