How to Save Energy While on Vacation

The sun is out and the beach is calling you! Everyone enjoys a get away during the hot summer months but before you hit the road, consider these tips to save money and conserve energy at home.

Unplug everything

Many people don’t realize how many appliances use electricity even when not in use. It may sound like work but taking the time to unplug every unnecessary electric appliance or device will be worth it. Chargers, microwaves, game consoles, televisions, coffee makers all use electricity while plugged in, even when not being used. Stand by modes are not good enough, you have to pull the plug in order to save energy.

Adjust your thermostat

Air conditioning is a big culprit in raising energy usage and helping that electric bill skyrocket. If you are leaving for an extended period of time, adjust the thermostat. By increasing the temperature to 28-29 degrees you will save money but keep things cool enough to prevent damage. Your personal belonging, electronics and furniture will be unharmed.  Programmable thermostats are a huge help.  They can be set to cool the home off again just in time for your return. 

Turn off the lights

Walk through the home and switch off all lights.  Using timers or motion-detecting lights for security purposes is a great idea but be sure to use energy-efficient LED bulbs in the fixtures that are set to light up.

Keep out the sun

Windows let in light, which creates excess heat.  Close blinds and curtains to moderate the temperature and prevent your air conditioner from running excessively. This will save energy and protect your furniture from sun damage.