Spring Break Energy Saving Checklist | Ambit Energy
Posted by: Anna | 03/04/2014 at 02:50 PM
Spring break is the perfect time for a nice vacation and some fun in the sun. A week with your toes in the sand sounds great, but what could make it even better? How about saving some hard-earned dollars by conserving energy at home while you’re away!
Homeowners can save a significant amount of money by utilizing these five simple energy-saving tips before heading out of town on spring break vacation:
- Conserve Energy – Lower blinds and close your curtains before embarking on your trip. This increases energy efficiency by further insulating your windows.
- Invest in Automatic Lighting – Instead of leaving a light or two on to discourage potential burglars, consider investing in lighting controls. These devices operate on a timer, so you can set main lights to turn on or off each day you’re gone.
- Manage Your AC Unit – Avoid heating or cooling an empty house. If milder temperatures are in the forecast, turn your system off to save a lot of dough. In cooler climates, your thermostat shouldn’t be set below 50 degrees to keep appliances and pipes from freezing.
- Manage Your Water Heater – A standard water heater accounts for 14-25 percent of the energy consumed by your house. Be sure to switch your water heater to vacation mode when you’re away from home, but don’t forget to switch it back upon your return.
- Unplug Appliances and Electronics – If you’re familiar with phantom power, you know that electronic appliances that have been turned off still use a small amount of electricity if plugged into outlets. Plug electronics into a power strip and turn the power strip off before you leave.
Introduce these steps into your pre-travel routine and avoid coming home to a hefty energy bill.
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