Electric Use Doesn’t Stop While You’re on Vacation This Summer

Even though you are on vacation or away from home for an extended period of time, certain appliances continue to operate and use kilowatthours unless they are turned off.

Refrigerators, freezers, and water heaters are large power users that continue to use electricity whether you’re home or not. Computers, automatic lighting, air conditioning and dehumidifiers will also use electricity when you are away.

Often, before leaving on vacation, there is a lot of laundry to be done so the family can have clothes they will need. Then, when returning home, washing, drying and ironing must be done again.

During the summer months when most of us are away on vacation we often assume that our power bill will automatically be lower without taking things like this into consideration.

Here are some energy-saving tips to follow before leaving on vacation to help you conserve on your power bill:

  • Set the thermostat to 85 degrees. If it’s a programmable thermostat, use the “hold” or “vacation” setting to keep it at that temperature.
  • Check the temperature settings of your water heater and if you’re going to be gone for a lengthy period of time you may want to adjust it to a lower temperature or turn it off.
  • Use timers to operate lights each night.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are closed tightly so cool air is not escaping. Closing blinds and shades will keep sunlight out and help keep the house cooler.
  • Unplug computers, CD/DVD players, TVs, and gaming systems before leaving.

So, when your electric bill isn’t as low as you would have imagined because you’ve been away for a week or two, remember, many of the appliances in your home didn’t take a vacation.