Saturday, November 13th, 2010 | Author:

When you go on vacation, you should be aware of a few ways to minimize your energy use while you’re away. Companies such as IDT Energy can attest to the fact that although you are not consciously using appliances in your house during these times, it is definitely possible that you are using energy by mistake.

The first big energy user in your home is if your refrigerator. If you are traveling for a long amount of time, you may want to empty it out and unplug it for a while. If you have a pool, ensure that you leave it covered, and that the timer on the pump is set correctly. Be aware of phantom power! Small appliances that are left plugged into the power use up energy. Before you leave, be sure to unplug all such appliances, from televisions to phone chargers. Lastly, if you plan to leave lights on, inside or out, for security reasons, set a timer so that the lights are shut off during the day. This way you can even make a more realistic setting, by having the bedroom lights go off at night, and just leaving a hallway or bathroom light on.

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