Heading out of town this winter break? We have some tips to save on energy so you’re not stuck with an enormous electric bill that breaks the bank.
- Unplug power-sucking electronics. Even when you are not using your TV or coffee maker it uses energy. Before you leave town unplug these household items so you’re not stuck paying when you’re not home.
- Make sure to set your thermostat correctly. We spoke to Cindy LaCoste from Charles Berg Enterprises, and she suggests setting the thermostat to 65 degrees when it’s cold outside. Setting it to this temperature will ensure that the unit doesn’t kick on unless the house reaches below that temperature, which is a rare occurrence in Florida. No use in having a heated home when it’s empty.
- Adjust your water heater. Many heaters give the option of a stand by mode. Water is not actively heated while it’s not in use in stand by mode. If this does not exist on your heater your best option is to lower the temperature setting to its lowest point.
- Close your shades, shutters, and curtains. By eliminating sunlight spilling into your home you can better regulate the temperature. Regulating the heat this way will also lessen some of the work done by your air conditioning unit.
Keep your wallet and yourself happy by following these tips as you vacation this holiday season.