Save energy at home while you're on vacation

Before you leave for your summer vacation, remember to change the settings on your appliances and electronics. Some quick adjustments can save you money and energy during your time away from home.

Print out this checklist to help you prep your home for energy savings during your vacation:

Adjust your refrigerator.

If you're leaving for a short trip, you can conserve energy by setting your refrigerator and freezer thermostat higher, 38° F for the refrigerator and 5° F for the freezer.

Put lights on timers.

Installing timers on your indoor and outdoor lights allows you to have the lights on for only a few hours each night. Not only does that conserve energy, but it also gives you added security by making it seem like someone is home.

Turn off or unplug electronics.

Even if your electronics are turned off, digital displays and instant-on features continue to use energy whether you're home or not. To save the most energy, unplug all electronics before you leave. This protects them from lightning strikes, too.

Adjust or turn off your air conditioner.

Why waste energy cooling an empty house? Turn off your air conditioner or set the thermostat for 82° F. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it on vacation mode. It will conserve energy while you're away and cool your house just before you return.

Lower water heater temperature.

If you have a tank unit, your water heater will continue heating water even when you're on vacation. By moving the temperature setting as low as possible, you'll reduce standby heat loss. If you are gone for ten or more days, turn it off.


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