For most of us, vacations are about spending money, not saving. There are, however, ways to offset splurging with some easy energy-saving adjustments to make before you leave.
- Set your thermostat to 85 degrees—it will prevent your air conditioning system from working overtime to cool your home while you’re not there.
- Turn the water heater down to the lowest setting.
- Turn off all unnecessary lights. Consider using a timer if you want to use a light for security at night.
- Turn off AND unplug electronics, like computers, TVs and microwaves. They use energy even when they are turned off.
- Use a power strip so that you can fully shut down all of your unused devices with a single flip of a switch.
- Smart and programmable thermostats can be set to automatically adjust the temperature setting when you are away. In addition, smart thermostats allow you to remotely control your home’s temperature from your phone, computer or tablet. Also, remember you can monitor your home’s energy use on our portal. If you notice a sudden spike, you’ll know it’s likely the sign of a bigger issue, like a leaking water heater.