While Away on Vacation

Even when you're away from home or on vacation, your home still uses electricity. If you are leaving for more than a few days, follow these tips keep your energy use down:

Adjust your thermostat

During the winter, lower your thermostat to between 50°F and 60°F. If you turn it lower than 50°F you run the risk of frozen pipes in cold weather.

In summer, set the thermostat to 85ºF or higher. Don’t turn if off because it may cause your refrigerator to work too hard.

Turn down your water heater

If you'll be away for more than three days, turn your water heater down or turn it off.

  • For an electric water heater: Turn the temperature dial down or turn it off at the circuit breaker panel.
  • For a natural gas water heater: Turn it down to "low" or to "vacation mode."

You may need a few hours to heat the tank when you return.

Advanced power stripUnplug electrical equipment

Unplug TVs, DVD players, gaming systems, coffee makers and computers because they can draw power even when not in use. When plugged in, these appliances should be connected to power strips so they can easily be switched off. Even if it means resetting those with digital clocks, the energy saved is worth it.

Turn off lights or use programmable timers

Use programmable timers on lights you want to leave on for security reasons.

Lower temperature setting on your pool or spa

If you have one, lower the temperature setting of the pool or hot tub and reduce filter run times.

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