5 Ways You Could Save Energy While Away From Home
Life as we know it has been very different for over a year. As things are slowly getting back to normal, people are booking their trips to make up for all of the time spent indoors in 2020. Working from home is slowly going away and many are returning to the office, but one thing that won’t change is the summer heat heading our way. Check out these five ways you could save energy while being away from home this summer.
1. Turn your thermostat up when no one is home
There’s no need to keep your home cool when no one is around, unless you have pets of course. Having a programmable smart thermostat. These thermostats have a control switch that turns your HVAC system on or off to reach a desired interior temperature. In most cases, the thermostat does not affect the volume of air (or in some cases, water) being used to heat or cool your house, or the temperature of the air.
2. Make sure to change out air filters regularly
Changing out air filters can be essential to helping the air circulate properly throughout your home. Not only will you breathe cleaner air but you may help your air conditioning system work more efficiently which could result in less electricity use. According to Energy.gov, in most homes, your heating, ventilation and/or air-conditioning equipment (HVAC) are likely to consume the most energy — accounting for 48 percent of the average home’s energy use — and homeowners should focus on measures that reduce the home’s heating and cooling loads to get the most bang for your buck in terms of energy investments.
3. Close your blinds and windows
Creating some shade with blinds or curtains can help keep your home cool while you’re away on vacation or at work. This will block the sun’s rays from entering the home and it may allow your HVAC system to not overwork.
4. Unplug devices
Avoid those energy vampires from entering your home while you’re away. Unplug devices that won’t be in use while you’re away. Did you know that your television is still consuming electricity even when it’s not turned on? This is also may be true for your other plugged-in appliances and electronics too.If items are plugged into a surge protector, you can just switch off the surge protector to get the same effect. This quick and easy task may also help reduce your risk of a fire while you’re away.
5. Turn down the heat on your water heater
Many water heaters have settings that can lower the temperature that your water heater is holding at, which in turn may help you save energy. Just be sure to switch your water heater back to its regular setting when you get back, and allow the water to warm up fully before using it.
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