When you're getting ready to go on vacation, your refrigerator, T.V. and water heater are probably the last things on your mind. But if you don't give your appliances a vacation too, you'll probably return home wondering why an empty house doesn't mean lower energy bills.
Many of your appliances and electronics keep drawing power even when you're not home. You can keep energy costs to a minimum while you're away by following our easy Vacation Tips.
If you'll be away for several weeks, make a through check, before you leave, that all electrical appliances are disconnected or the mains are turned off.
During the summer, turn the thermostat off. If you have a window air conditioner, it's best to remove it; if it's difficult to remove, cover the compressor and unplug the unit.
A refrigerator is usually one of the biggest energy-wasters while you're on vacation. If you'll be gone for several weeks, empty out the food and unplug it.
If that's not practical, get rid of easily spoiled items like milk and yogurt, and turn up the thermostat a notch or two. You can raise the internal temperature up to 38 degrees and still keep your food safe.
The same advice applies to the freezer. Remove fast-melting foods like ice cream, and raise the temperature a few degrees. Meats and vegetables will remain solidly frozen if the freezer temperature is five or below.
Safety and security
Safety and security are even more important than energy bills, so be sure to give your house that lived-in look while you're away.
No matter how short your vacation, have a neighbor keep an eye and collect your mail and your newspaper.