If there was ever a summer you wanted to get away from it all, this one might be it!
While you are getting out the suitcases, putting together a packing list, and scheduling the petsitter, take some time to make sure you’re not wasting energy (and money) while you’re away from your home.
We’ve put together a few suggestions that can put a dent in your energy costs so you’ll feel better about a few extra trips to the ice cream parlor.
Energy vampires are those appliances and electronics that are sucking up energy even if they’re not being used. Examples of energy vampires are computers, TVs, media players, ovens, coffeemakers, toasters, multicookers, blenders, electric toothbrushes, and chargers. Unplug all those you can, and, if you have a smart strip, power that off as well.
Most water heaters today have a “vacation” setting. It turns down the water heater so that it won’t be running as much while you’re gone but will quickly heat water once you return.
Cooling makes up around half of your energy costs in the summer. You’ll save a lot by turning the A/C setting to 85˚ Fahrenheit. You can help keep the house from getting too hot by closing curtains or blinds. Closing the curtains and blinds also keeps anyone from looking in your home.
If you use propane in your home and have an automatic delivery plan, notify your propane delivery company. Your delivery schedule is based on prior usage, so you may get an unneeded delivery. Looking for a reliable propane provider? Become a Rez-Bear customer!
Getting out the door for vacation can be chaotic, what with trying to load the car and making sure you have everything. But before you leave, do a quick tour of the house to make sure all lights and fans are off. Take photos of your rooms having the lights off, the appliances being off or unplugged, and doors and windows being locked. You’ll have peace of mind and can enjoy your vacation and those energy savings!
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you save on energy costs!