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The bags are packed and the time is finally here for our summer beach vacation. We always wait until the end of summer to go on vacation before heading back to school. With the craziness of packing, it’s easy to forget to prepare your home for your absence. Making sure your home is safe and secure is at the top of the list, but there are a few other steps you can take to help save electricity while you’re gone.
Don’t worry. Prepping your home is quick and easy. Just a few small steps will help keep your home from using – or wasting – energy while you’re away. Here are some steps every family should do before they go on vacation.
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Adjust your thermostat. You don’t need to waste energy cooling your home while you’re not there. During your summer retreat, turn the A/C off or set the thermostat to 85-87 degrees. Just be sure the temperature isn’t set too high for any plants or pets staying behind. There is no reason to be cooling your house when you are not home.
Turn off all fans. If you use fans often in your home, turn them off or unplug them when you leave. Remember— fans cool people, not rooms.
Close your curtains and shades in all rooms throughout the house. This is something that we have been doing all summer to keep the house cool. Even though you’ve already turned up your thermostat, blocking out the sun will keep your home at a more consistent temperature and your HVAC will have even less work to do.
Unplug your electronics. Most of the electronics in your home still use small amounts of power, even when they’re turned off. So make sure any computers, TVs, game systems, coffee makers, microwaves or other electronics are unplugged before you leave. Make a list of everything that you unplugged so you will remember to plug them in when you get home.
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Clean out your refrigerator. If you can, completely empty your refrigerator and unplug it. Just remember to leave the doors open to prevent mildew. Try to do this throughout the week and plan it around garbage day. This is a great time to give your refrigerator a good cleaning as well.
Adjust your water heater. Turn down your water heater to “vacation” or “pilot” mode. Having readily available hot water on tap can account for up to 25 percent of the energy used in your home.
Use automated timers. It’s a good idea to have a few lights on at night to make your home appear occupied while you’re away. But it’s a better idea to put a few lights on timers so that they aren’t wasting electricity during the day. Consider installing motion-activated lights outside your home. These lights turn on when there is movement near your home.
Use an automatic timer for your pool. Make sure your pool filter is on a timer. Be sure proper chemical levels are maintained since the two go hand-in-hand.
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