Going on Vacation? Save Energy and Money While You’re Away

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Is your dream of taking that long-anticipated vacation becoming a reality?  You may be spending time researching and planning your trip, but there are a few things you may not have thought of to add to your “to do” list.  Take a look at a few simple ways you can reduce your home’s energy consumption (and pollution from electricity generation) while saving money on your utility bills:

  • Turn off the A/C, or if you must leave it on for pets or another reason, increase the temperature to 78 + degrees or so.
  • Unplug electronic devices such as TVs/entertainment equipment, computers/printers, cell phone chargers, cordless phones, battery chargers, baby monitors, coffeemakers, toaster ovens, microwaves, and any other appliance with a clock.  Any electronics with digital displays, instant-on features, or remote controls consume energy even while not in use.
  • Close blinds/curtains to keep out the hot summer sun during the day.  Open secure windows slightly to let in cool breezes at night, but still keep any rain out.
  • Turn off the power to your hot water heater, unless you’ve already installed an energy-saving tankless model.
  • Plug a lamp into a timer so the light will turn on for a couple of hours in the evening to give your home a “lived-in” appearance.  A compact fluorescent light bulb will save you even more energy.  For outside lights, motion-sensors are the most efficient.
  • Try to consume most of the food in the fridge so you can lower the temperature to 38 degrees, which will avoid spoilage of what’s left in there.

photo courtesy of Andrew Osterberg

Tag(s): Energy, Greening the Home, Money Saving

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