Give your water heater a vacation too
If you haven’t yet, check your water heater for an “away” or “vacation” setting. If your model doesn’t have this option, lower the temperature of your water heater before you leave home. Water heating can account for 20% of your energy use, so why heat water you’re not going to use?
Turn off the A/C
Raise your thermostat so the A/C won’t turn on during your time away. When you get back home, return your thermostat to its normal level slowly, two degrees at a time. You could also step up to a smart thermostat if you want to save energy and still come home to cool rooms. This little efficiency wonder will allow you to control your HVAC unit remotely from an app while you’re away. A programmable thermostat can’t be controlled remotely but can be set to fit your schedule.
Pull the plug on all appliances you won’t be using
Just turning devices off won’t keep them from using energy. Everything from your television to your microwave uses energy even when it is not switched on. It’s an energy drain called phantom power. You can unplug devices by hand or step up to smart power strips if you want to get more advanced. Many of these power strips sense motion, or take their cues from a key device like your TV, to know when to power on and off and knock out that phantom power that can eat away at your energy costs.
Use your lights for security and savings
If the movies have taught us anything, it’s that a few strategically placed lights will properly deter robbers. Putting your lights on timers will give the impression that your home is occupied. If you’d like to take your lighting to another level, leverage LEDs and smart lighting to maximize your security and efficiency.
Keep the heat out
You can save by closing your window coverings while you’re away. Nearly 76% of sunlight that hits your windows enters your home and becomes heat. To keep things energy efficient and secure, start closing your drapes or blinds a few weeks before going away. It will allow you to leave them closed while you’re away.
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