With the calendar reading August, that means the summer is rapidly coming to a close. We are spending these last two weeks visiting different colleges on the East Coast. I really can’t believe that my son is starting his senior year.
Did I mention that I am not ready?
I guess this Summer is more bittersweet than usual. Probably because our family is in the process of searching for colleges for my oldest son. I am not quite sure how we have gotten to this point in our lives, but there is no turning back now.
But on the bright side, visiting colleges means lots of road trips. And road trips mean that you house needs to be vacation ready…or you can get it vacation ready in just a short amount of time. Today I am sharing tips on making your home energy efficient while traveling.
Making Your Home Energy Efficient While Traveling:
- Adjust your thermostat. You don’t need to waste energy cooling your home while you’re not there. During your summer retreat, turn the A/C off or set the thermostat to 85-87 degrees. Just be sure the temperature isn’t set too high for any plants or pets staying behind. One of the best ways to do this is to install a programmable Wi-Fi thermostat. Our thermostat connects to our Caséta Wireless, so we are able to control the temperature from a smartphone app.
- Turn off all fans. If you use fans often in your home, turn them off or unplug them when you leave. Remember— fans cool people, not rooms.
- Close your curtains and shades. Even though you’ve already turned up your thermostat, blocking out the sun will keep your home at a more consistent temperature and your HVAC will have even less work to do.
- Unplug your electronics. Most of the electronics in your home still use small amounts of power, even when they’re turned off. So make sure any computers, TVs, game systems, coffee makers, slow cookers, microwaves or other electronics are unplugged before you leave.
Another tip for saving energy is to make sure that if you do have to leave things plugged in, make sure you are using smart power strips. They help protect your electronics from power surges and are designed to be more energy efficient. Leaving things plugged in when we are not home is something I really need to work on. And get the kids on board as well. And probably hubby too!
Other things you can do:
- Clean out your refrigerator. If you can, completely empty your refrigerator and unplug it. Just remember to leave the doors open to prevent mildew.
- Adjust your water heater. Turn down your water heater to “vacation” or “pilot” mode. Having readily available hot water on tap can account for up to 25 percent of the energy used in your home.
- Use automated timers. It’s a good idea to have a few lights on at night to make your home appear occupied while you’re away. But it’s a better idea to put a few lights on timers so that they aren’t wasting electricity during the day. Consider installing motion-activated lights outside your home. These lights turn on when there is movement near your home.
- Use an automatic timer for your pool. Make sure your pool filter is on a timer. Be sure proper chemical levels are maintained since the two go hand-in-hand.
Vacation is always a fun thing to look forward to, but sometimes preparation can be stressful. By taking some time and planning ahead, you can make sure that you are having the best possible time and have a home that is running energy-efficiently while you are gone.
What ways are you making your home energy efficient while traveling?
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