Summer vacation is practically an American tradition and if you’re like many homeowners and families you can’t wait for the warm weather to get out of town when the kids are out of school. No matter what you’re planning, use these tips this summer to save energy and money while vacationing.
- Plug your electronics into a power strip and turn it off before you go out of town. If you don’t want to bother with the power strips you can simply unplug your electronics from the wall. You’ll also get in the habit of flipping your strips off to save energy all year round if you use them.
- Turn your water heater to vacation mode if it has one. You’ll save money by keeping your water heater from continuously having hot water ready and available.
- Don’t leave fans on. A lot of people leave fans on while they’re out of town because they’re more energy efficient than an A/C unit. However, fans don’t actually cool the air; they just work to cool you by moving the air around you. If you’re not there the fan won’t do any good but it will cost you money.
- Plan to empty your refrigerator and freezer before you go out of town if possible. That way you’ll be able to unplug it while you’re gone. The refrigerator is the appliance that costs you the most money each month, so if you’re going out of town for more than a few days you’ll notice a big reduction in your bill.
- Unplug your washer and dryer before you head out of town. Modern electronics tend to pull electricity even when they’re not in use. Your washer and dryer can also be a fire hazard that you don’t want to worry about while you’re away from home.
Contact Amarillo Air Conditioning for more information tips on how to save energy and money while vacationing. We proudly serve Amarillo, Bushland, Canyon, Claude, Lake Tanglewood, Timber Creek and surrounding areas and have been since 1960.
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