Energy Saving Tips While Away

Do you have a simple checklist of how to ensure your home is energy efficient even while you are away? Add these items to your pre-vacation "To Do" list and you'll be surprised at the savings on your next energy bill.

Turn it up

  • For every degree your thermostat is set above 78F, many say you can save up to 10% on your air-conditioning costs. Or, power down the A/C altogether: although shutting off your A/C may make your fridge work a little harder and increase your home's internal humidity, it'll help you save up to $15 for every two weeks you're gone.

Turn it down

  • Close curtains and blinds to block the brightest sunlight and reduce subsequent heat.

  • If you have a pool, program the filter to run only six hours a day.

Turn it off

  • Either turn off your home’s water heater, turn it down to 80-90° F, or put it on vacation mode. Consult your water heater’s manual for instructions and check safety precautions as well.

  • Unplug all appliances, including televisions, computers, and microwaves. Any devices with digital displays, instant-on features, or remote controls use energy even while not in use.

  • Turn off the water to your house.

Turn it to auto

  • Often, homeowners leave a light or television on to deter thieves. Investing in an automatic timer, particularly one with a random time feature, will make your home appear occupied and save energy. Change lights that are on timers to compact fluorescent bulbs, which use about 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.