“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Author Anne Lamott captures the benefits of unplugging in today’s device-driven, multi-tasking world.

Keeping up with work, family and school activities or the latest on social media makes most of us feel compelled to constantly check our devices.

Summer is a great time to take a vacation, but it’s also a good opportunity to unplug from our devices and enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. Research shows that we all need downtime after a busy day to recharge––even though we may resist it. Take a moment to slow down and enjoy some peaceful hours away from technology.

If your plans include a staycation, take time to recharge your relationships and be more present with those you love. Stop by the local farmers’ market, visit a park, or spend the day at the beach. Enjoy our beautiful surroundings with your family and friends.

While you’re unplugging from your devices, take a look around your home to identify electronics that consume energy even when they are not in use (known as “vampire” energy loss). Televisions, gaming consoles, phone chargers, and computers are some of the biggest culprits.

Save energy by keeping warm air outside where it belongs. Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around doors and windows. And use a programmable thermostat to adjust the settings a few degrees higher when no one is home.

In our connected world, we’ve forgotten how to slow down. We multitask and text. We check email, then voicemail, then Face-book. Do yourself and your family a favor. Put down the device and smell the fresh air.
While we can’t help recharge your relationships, we can help save money and energy by connecting you with our energy-saving programs and services. When you do plug back in, we’re just a call or click away.