Vacation Energy Savers
As you know, the shorter, colder days of winter translate into a higher energy usage. But did you know, by reducing your thermostat by only 10 degrees for eight hours, you can lower your heating bill by 15% in a year?
This winter, conserve energy during your next vacation by following a few easy steps:
You’re on vacation; let your water heater have a break, too! Did you know most of the energy used by your water heater goes into keeping your water hot in the tank? When you’re on vacation, your water heater doesn’t have to work so hard. Set it to vacation mode.
Lower your thermostat — you’ll be away; why pay for the heat when you aren’t around to need it? Definitely don’t drop it less than 50 degrees while you’re away, but even 10-15 degrees will be substantial, and much less than you probably have it programmed to operate at when you’re home. Don’t forget to program your thermostat to warm up the day you come home!
Automate your lights by using a timer. There’s no need to light your vacant home, but avoid attracting thievery, why not set your lights on a timer? This way your lights aren’t on 24×7—only at nightfall each day. Maybe in addition to outdoor lighting, you can set a few interior lights to give the illusion the home isn’t vacant. A timer works great!
For now, get unplugged! — turn off all of those electronics such as your plasma TV and computers, and even household appliances such as the washing machine and dryer. Even when devices aren’t “on,” they are still sucking energy from your home if they are plugged in.
Measure it! Does it sound too good to be true? Record your electricity meter reading and check it upon your return.
Just think of all the savings you’ll earn this winter while on vacation — without doing much more than the above simple steps! It’s enough to make you want to go away more often. Escape the cold, and unnecessary energy consumption, this winter season. And feel good about it.