Save money while you’re on summer vacation

save money on utilities while on vacationVacation costs can add up quickly. Here are a few simple ways you can save energy (translate “save money”) at home while you are away during the summer or the surrounding hot months.

  • Be sure to turn off ceiling fans and unnecessary lights.
  • Use timers for security lights and motion sensors (make sure that they are energy-efficient models).
  • Keep drapes and blinds closed to eliminate direct sunlight heating up the house.
  • Set manual thermostats to 80 degrees while you are away and make sure to set on “auto” rather than “on.” For condos and apartments, some experts recommend 77 degrees to help prevent mold and mildew.
  • Set programmable thermostats at 72 degrees for a couple of hours in the early morning and 85-88 degrees for the rest of the time.
  • Unplug small appliances such as coffee makers and toasters.
  • Turn off your electric water heater.

Save money during vacation and year-round

  • unplug - information overload conceptMany electronic devices draw “phantom” power even when they aren’t on. Unplug televisions, stereos, computers and related equipment, video games, DVD players and chargers for cell phones and cameras. Also unplug small appliances such as coffee makers and toasters.

By using these easy tips to save money at your house, you can relax knowing you’re using energy wisely while you are gone. Visit our Save Energy page for more ways on how to save year round.

And don’t forget while you are away you can pay your bill online with our e-Bill program or take the hands-off approach and sign up for Automatic Bank Draft. Visit our Pay Your Bill page for more options.

Happy trails!


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