Be it winter or summer, a vacation always hits the spot. Intended to give you some piece of mind, it’s a nice break from reality. But how can you have peace of mind knowing that you are wasting money needlessly at home?
There are a couple things that you should do before you go on vacation in order to save money while you are gone. Two main things to focus on are your thermostat and your lights.
Thermostat: During the year, changing the temperature in your house even a single degree can save you about 3% off of your electric bill. Making sure that your temperature is set appropriately can therefore save you lots of money, if you strategize appropriately. While your in the house, you may only be able to stand it at 76 degrees, but your house doesn’t mind if it gets hotter while you are gone. You can go crazy, setting it at levels you personally would never survive. 82, 84, even 85 degrees! Raising the temperature this high can save you more than 25% on your electric bill while you are gone. It is a sure way to save some money and save some energy.
Lights: Obviously, making sure you don’t just leave lights on is a sure way to save some money on enegry costs, and also to maximize your bulb life so you wont have to replace it as soon. However, many would argue that some lights must be left on to dissuade burglars from robbing your house. There are ways around this, though- use timers. Using timers appropriately will leave one or two lights on at night so that it will appear as if you are home while still minimizing energy usage. And, there are even timers that will work purposefully anytime within a five minute radius of the time you set, that way no robber will be able to tell that the lights are on a timer (because every night the lights conveniently turn on and off at exactly 9:30pm). If you use the Practecol Motion Socket Switch which automatically turns lights on and off depending on a motion sensor, you wont have to worry about the stray closet bulb or basement light that can accidentally be overlooked, helping you save even more money.
Using these tricks can help you rest easy and well while you are on vacation.
Practecol- save and sustain, simply.