Summertime is fast approaching here in northern New Jersey, and with it comes lemonade, cool evenings on the porch enjoying the weather, and best of all, summer vacations! But did you know that you can save money and energy on vacation? Follow these simple tips and reduce your energy bill at home while you are out enjoying your vacation.
Easy Tips to Save Energy at Home
When you are on vacation, avoid spending money on energy expenses at unnecessary homes. Here are some ideas to help you reduce your energy consumption at home while you and your family enjoy your summer vacation:
- Make sure to turn off all ceiling fans before you leave the house. Ceiling fans are great at cooling you but do nothing to cool the air.
- Set your water heater to vacation or standby mode to reduce the amount of energy it consumes while you are gone.
- Set your thermostat to 8 degrees while you are away.
- Lower and close your blinds and close all curtains to reduce the amount of heat gain in your home.
- Unplug your small appliances and electronics before you go. These energy “vampires” will cost you energy unnecessarily. Don’t forget common kitchen appliances such as the toaster and coffee pot.
- Turn off all but one or two lights before you head out. You will likely want to leave one or two on, so the home doesn’t seem vacant, however, choose lights that have energy-efficient bulbs to reduce the cost of keeping them on.
- If you have a waterbed, turn down the temperature to ten degrees to help save energy while you are away.
- If you have a hot tub, turn it off while you are gone.
Double-check check for leaky faucets and toilets. Making sure that you have no drips will help you lower your water bill while you are away.
For more information on how to save money and energy on vacation this year, and many other homes comfort topics, contact our professionals at Pipe Works Services We have been serving the people of Northern New Jersey since 2000.