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5 Ways To Save Energy While You Are On Summer Vacation

Summer is the time for vacations and relaxation. The last thing you want to be worried about is a high utility bill when you get home from lounging on the beach. It’s hard to know all the things that contribute to a high utility bill while you are gone, but with some small adjustments, you can cut that bill down while you live it up. Here are five ways to save energy while on vacation.

Turn up your air conditioning

There’s no need to cool a house when no one is in it. Unless you have pets, it is best to set the temperature about 10 degrees hotter than you normally would (around 88 degrees), or to a ‘vacation’ setting if your thermostat has one. Set it to ‘auto’ so it only kicks on when it gets hotter than the set temperature. This can save you around $25 depending on the length of your trip.

Turn off your hot water heater

We don’t often think about our hot water heater or the impact it might have on our bill, but it is one of the top 3 energy using appliances in the home. It takes a lot to keep our showers as hot as they are. Turning the water heater down a notch can save a lot of energy and money. Simply shutting it off before you leave can prevent the cycle of heat up and cool down while you’re away.

Pack your refrigerator

There are a few things you can do to make your fridge run more efficiently while you’re away. Surprisingly, a packed fridge keeps cooler than an empty fridge since the contents keep each other cool. When the fridge stays cool, it’s not working as hard to stay that way. We don’t want to pack it with perishables, so loading the fridge with water jugs and even bags of ice can help keep the fridge cool. You can also turn off your ice maker!

Unplug any small energy suckers

It really is the small things that count. When it comes to digital clocks, coffee pots and even cell phone chargers, the energy use really does add up. Things like your cable box, game console, TV, computer, DVD player, stereo and toaster can suck up energy even when turned off and on standby. Taking the time to unplug these could save you 10% on your bill.

Make use of blinds and curtains

This seems like the most simple and self-explanatory thing on the list, but that doesn’t mean it can’t make a major impact. By closing your blinds and curtains, you are keeping the heat out and keeping your house cool which will keep the AC from kicking on as frequently. Keep the sun out and put your blinds and curtains to good use!

Our technicians at Yes! want to make sure that you fully enjoy this summer season! For more information on how to save money on your energy bill while on vacation, contact us at (702) 628-5857 to learn more or visit us online at https://www.theyesmancan.com/.

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