How to Save Energy While You’re Away on Vacation

How to Save Energy While You're Away on VacationThere are few things worse than coming back from a stress-free and relaxing vacation only to see just how much energy your home expended while you were away. Fortunately, there are easy ways to save energy while on vacation. Read through these tips to ensure that you return home to an energy efficient household this summer.

Adjust Your Thermostat Settings

Think twice before you turn off your air conditioning system entirely. Shutting down the A/C will mean that you don’t spend any money on cooling while gone, but it also means that the temperatures inside your home will skyrocket. This can cause costly damage to your woodwork, and you’ll notice that your system will need to expend a lot of energy in order to restore your home to a comfortable temperature upon your return. The best course of action is to set your programmable thermostat to a few degrees higher than normal. Typically, setting your thermostat at around 80 degrees or so will do the trick. You can then tell your system to return to your normal settings the day before you arrive home.

Unplug Unused Devices

Electronic devices and appliances that are plugged into an outlet will continually suck energy—even when they’re not in use. When you leave town, it’s a good idea to unplug gadgets that won’t be in use while you’re away, like TVs, computers, clocks, radios and microwaves. Even the refrigerator should be emptied and unplugged if you’ll be gone for a prolonged period.

Put Lights on a Timer

Being energy efficient doesn’t mean that you have to put your home at risk for theft and burglary. By using timer switches for your lights, you can enjoy the level of security that you desire for a fraction of the cost and energy usage.

Contact Davis Air Conditioning for more summertime energy saving tips. We’re proud to serve residents of Southwest Oklahoma.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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