Now is the time when numerous people flock to warmer weather to avoid the inevitable North Country winter season. But did you know that there are certain measures you should take to ensure that your home is energy efficient while you’re gone? Here are 4 tips to save energy (and money) before you leave, so that you can enjoy your travels without financial woes or worry.
Turn off your water. The water heater is one of those appliances people don’t think about on a regular basis. But if you plan on being away for more than 3 days, be sure to turn you water heater down (in the winter) or turn it off completely (in warmer months.) For more info on maintaining water heater efficiency, click here.
Adjust your thermostat. Even with a pet or two in your home, there is no need to set the thermostat to 70 while you’re away on vacation. Instead, in the winter months, the thermostat should be set between 50 and 60 to keep appliances and pipes from freezing.
Unplug the necessary electronics and appliances. Even with the home empty and the major appliances turned off, they are still sucking up electricity. Often referred to as “energy vampires,” these include televisions, lamps, and other small electronics such as razors, coffee pots, digital clocks and chargers.
Don’t broadcast your vacation to thieves. The last thing you want to do is let the world know that your home is empty of people, and available for anyone to walk in and take what they want. Piles of packages and mail in the mailbox are a clear sign to burglars that nobody is home. Ask a family member or friend to stop by on occasion to take mail back home with them, for you to pick up when you return. Here are some more tips to prevent burglary while you’re away on vacation.