Give your home’s energy use a vacation when you’re on vacation

Going on vacation? Even if you plan to be away for just a few days, you can save energy in your home when you travel. Here are a few tips that can give your utility bill a break when you take a break.

Water heater. Turn down the temperature on your water heater, so it doesn’t keep the water warm while you are away.

Thermostat. During hot weather, turn the thermostat higher on your air conditioning system. That way, you’ll save energy while ensuring that your home doesn’t get too warm. If you’re away during the winter, lower the temperature on your furnace. The house can be as cool as 50 degrees without the risk of your pipes freezing.

Lights. Turn off all lights in your home. You may want to install timers on one or two lights for security.

Electronics. Unless you’re recording something while away, unplug all of your electronic devices—computer, monitor and printer, TV and cable boxes, DVD player, microwave and digital clocks. Any electronics with digital displays, instant-on features or remote controls will consume energy even if they’re not in use.

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