Now that the sun is shining and the kids are out of school, it’s the perfect opportunity to take time off and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Before you head out for your vacation, take a few moments to minimize your home’s energy use while you’re away by reviewing the items on this vacation energy-saving checklist.
Put Your Smart Thermostat to Use
Before you leave, set your smart thermostat to vacation mode. This will override your normal schedule and allow your thermostat to stay at a higher setting to save you energy while you’re gone.
When you’re on your way home, use your mobile device to set a comfortable temperature so your home will be cool and comfortable again once you arrive. Want to really maximize your savings? Visit pemc.coop/thermostat to learn how to join our smart thermostat savings program today. Must have WiFi to participate.
Turn Off Your Lights
Even energy-efficient light bulbs like LEDs can waste energy if you’re not home when they’re in use. Before you head out, make sure all of your lights are turned off to help you save. If you want to keep a few lights on for security reasons, try to put them on timers so it will look like someone’s home without wasting energy.
Close Your Curtains and Blinds
Before you start your trip, go through your home and close all of the blinds and curtains. Doing so will keep out prying eyes while you’re away and also prevent the sun from heating up your home. As a result, your home will stay cooler, without adjusting the thermostat. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a smart or programmable thermostat, but you want your home to be comfortable when you get back.
Unplug Unnecessary Appliances
Many electronic devices use energy even when you’re not actively using them. Before you head out of town, go around your home and unplug anything that won’t need power while you’re gone. This can include things like your coffee maker, printer, cable boxes, etc. This will help reduce excess energy use while you’re gone.