A vacation is rejuvenating for the body, mind, and spirit. Did you also know you can save a little cash by maximizing the efficiency of your Charleston home while you’re away? Try these tips to minimize energy waste in your home while you’re traveling.

Stake the Energy Vampires

Electronics, big and small, are sucking up electricity anytime they are plugged in, even if they are not turned on. Before you head out the door, walk through your house and unplug all your televisions, video game systems, lamps, and chargers for small devices. Even your electric razor and your coffee pot should be disconnected. Not only does this save energy, it also reduces the risk that a power surge will damage your valuable things.

Conserve Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

Unless you have pets who will be staying home while you travel, you don’t need to maintain the usual temperature in your house while you’re gone. Invest in a programmable thermostat and you can create a schedule for your heat and air to operate during your trip. You can even set it to cool down or warm up a few hours before your return so you’ll come home to comfortable conditions.

Protect and Save With Automatic Lighting

You’ve probably heard that you should never leave your home looking unoccupied. Many travelers leave on lights to give the impression that someone is home while they’re away. However, keeping lights on around the clock wastes energy and light bulbs. Invest in some automatic timers so you can program different lights to come on at different times of the day. This saves resources, but it’s also less obvious to a thief than a single light burning 24/7.

With these simple remedies, you can take that trip without worrying about the utility bill your house is running up while unattended. If you need help getting your house prepared for your vacation, call AC Heating and Air Conditioning Services at 843-277-9928. We’ll help you get ready to hit the road, confident that your home is operating efficiently while you’re away.

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