Many Spring Break plans have been cancelled or shortened due to the outbreak of COVID-19. However, if you plan to take a trip after its completely safe to do so, consider Freedom Air and Heat’s helpful ways to save energy while you’re on vacation!
1. Change Your Thermostat
According to the Department of Energy, if you turn your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day from its normal setting, you can save up to 10% on heating and cooling! Imagine the kind of savings you’ll notice if you try this easy technique when you’re on vacation. If you have a programmable thermostat, it should be easy to use its scheduling features to reach this setting. It’s even better if you have a smart thermostat as these devices allow users to change temperature settings remotely.
2. Turn Off and Unplug
Make sure all the devices and appliances in your home have been turned off and unplugged. Unplugging appliances may not seem as important but it’s necessary to prevent any “energy vampires”. Energy vampires are common devices such as televisions, computers, and phone chargers that continue to draw power from electrical outlets when they are not being used.
3. Switch to LEDs
If you have the time, consider changing your incandescent bulbs to LEDs. These energy-efficient bulbs last 25 times longer and use at least 75% less energy. They also have options with dimmer capabilities and plastic encasings to prevent shattering. Lastly, they don’t radiate heat like incandescent bulbs, which makes LEDs safer to handle. So, if you want to save energy on lighting while on vacation, consider switching to LEDs before you leave.
4. Change Temperature on Water Heater
Your water heater’s energy consumption accounts for up to 18% of your energy bill, according to the Department of Energy. If you want to save energy while you’re on vacation, make sure you set your water heater at a lower temperature (preferably at or lower than 120 degrees) or simply leave it on vacation mode.
5. Seal Up Your Home
Air leaks can lead to worsening of indoor air quality as well as loss of energy. Before you go on vacation, take some time to ensure the weatherstripping on your doors and windows is working properly. If you find stripping that is worn out, you can purchase new weatherstripping from your nearest home improvement store. This sealing technology comes in a variety of materials such as vinyl, foam and even metal.
6. Check for Leaks
The best way to prevent water wastage while you’re on vacation is to inspect your home for leaks. Make sure your toilet, faucets and showerhead are not susceptible to leaks. Ignoring them can lead to larger problems – and the last thing you want to come home to is a leaky pipe and a high water bill.
If you want to learn more ways to save energy while you’re on vacation (or even while you’re not on vacation), contact the pros at Freedom Air and Heat! Call us today at 321-631-6886 or schedule a service online!