Properly preparing your home before you go on a trip can help you save on energy bill costs and also help prevent any surprises when you come home.
Some customers go away on vacation expecting a smaller energy bill on their return, only to find the bill was pretty much the same as when they’re home.
A home’s electrical devices are consuming energy all the time, whether the house is occupied or not. This is why it’s important to take the proper steps to prepare a home to be empty when it won’t be used for a long period of time. These are a few steps you can take to reduce energy bills while you’re away.
Here is a checklist to use the next time you’re preparing to leave your home empty for an extended period of time.
- Turn Off Your Water Heater
- If left on, your water heater will keep working to make sure hot water is available in the tank, whether you’re home or not. So, the next time your home won’t be occupied while you’re away, plan to turn off the water heater from the electric panel. Note – upon turning the tank back on, it’ll take a few hours for the water to re-heat, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to let it get hot!
- Unplug Appliances and Electronics
- Many appliances and electronics consume energy even when they’re not in use. Some of the biggest offenders are computers, TVs, the microwave, cable boxes, and even your coffee pot! Smaller electronics like phone changers, digital clocks and electric toothbrushes are culprits too. If it has a digital clock that’s displayed, that’s a good indicator that the device is consuming energy all the time. By unplugging your appliances and devices, you can stop the energy drain while you’re out of town.
- Give Your AC a Break
- Set your thermostat as close to the outside temperature as you can, or even turn it off, if possible. Since no one will be home, there’s no reason to keep your home comfortably cool.
- Close Your Curtains
- Keeping your curtains closed while you’re out of town helps provide additional insulation for your windows, helping to keep the sun’s hot rays from warming up the inside of your home.
- Install Timers or Sensors or Security Lights
- When installing security lights, install timers to ensure that the electricity is only being used at night when the lights are needed for home safety. Installing LED lights in the fixtures that will be on frequently is also a great way to cut down on energy consumption.