years of financial crisis, Europeans still leave town in
this country, August vacations may not be universal, but
theyíre pretty common. Give your house a holiday, too,
following these tips from the Energy Education Council:
thermostat settings before you leave. Itís not
necessary to keep your home as cool as you normally
would if you wonít be inside to care. Turn the
thermostat up to a higher setting, or turn it off
entirely. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can
adjust it to cool down the house just in time for your
appliances and electronics, to prevent phantom power
draw. You wonít be using your desktop computer,
television or toaster while youíre away, but they will
continue to use energy and waste money if you donít
unplug them. Even when appliances are turned off, many
of them go into standby mode and continue to draw power.
Unplugging them also protects your electronics if thereís
a power surge in your absence.
the water heater. It can account for 15 percent to 25
percent of the average energy bill. Water heaters
continue to use energy to keep the water they store
warm. Since youíre not using this water while on
vacation, why heat it? Turn the temperature to the
lowest setting, or turn it off if you will be gone for
more than three days.
you plan on leaving lights on to deter burglars, put the
lights on a timer. You can save money by not having the
lights on constantly, as well as make it appear that
someone is home by varying the times that they are on.
say youíll be staying home for the remainder of the
summer? Then make the house a bit more energy-efficient
by cleaning your air-conditioning unit.
or dirty air filters and coils can reduce your systemís
ability to push and pull air through the vents, so be
sure to wash or replace filters. Also, remove debris
from around the outside unit.
sunny or hot days, close the drapes or curtains. That
helps prevent the summer sun from warming up your home
through the windows.