So you are going on vacation and are excited about the rest and relaxation, but have you thought about how to save money while you are gone?
So you are going on vacation and are excited about the rest and relaxation, but have you thought about how to save money while you are gone? Just like going off to the office each day, your home is still using energy while we are away. We set our thermostats to an “away” setting and since no one is home, we are not opening the fridge, using the microwave or watching television. When we return from work, we use these appliances and the meter attached to our home starts spinning off the usage like crazy.
The next time you go on vacation, consider making a few changes to save a few more dollars while you are away for an extended period of time. Changing the settings on water heaters, freezers and air conditioners will let you keep more of that hard earned money in your pocket.
Unplug all of the electronic devices in your home such as computers, televisions, microwaves, alarm clocks, virtually everything, especially if it has a digital clock or an instant on feature.
Turn off your lights and use timers to give your home that “lived-in” look, and unplug the rest, especially the touch lamps.
You can adjust the setting on your refrigerator to 38 degrees and your freezer to 5 degrees while you are away. If you will be gone for four weeks or more consider emptying your refrigerator and unplugging it completely.
Your water heater continues to keep the water warm whether you are using it or not. Turn down the setting while you are on vacation.
There is no reason to keep your home at a comfortable temperature while you are on vacation. Simply adjust the heating or air settings to a reasonable temperature to avoid damage such as mold in the summer or frozen pipes in the winter, and save yourself a nice chunk of change.
There are even services available right here in Nassau County, such as Amelia Concierges, that you can call to turn everything back to the “normal”settings before you arrive home.
Even if you only pick one of these tips to use on your next vacation, you will see a difference in your utility bill. It is your money and you should keep more of it for yourself!