Do you have a simple checklist of how to ensure your home is energy efficient even while you are away? Add these items to your pre-vacation "To Do" list and you'll be surprised at the savings on your next energy bill.
Turn it up
For every degree your thermostat is set above 78F, many say you can save up to 10% on your air-conditioning costs. Or, power down the A/C altogether: although shutting off your A/C may make your fridge work a little harder and increase your home's internal humidity, it'll help you save up to $15 for every two weeks you're gone.
Turn it down
Close curtains and blinds to block the brightest sunlight and reduce subsequent heat.
If you have a pool, program the filter to run only six hours a day.
Turn it off
Either turn off your home’s water heater, turn it down to 80-90° F, or put it on vacation mode. Consult your water heater’s manual for instructions and check safety precautions as well.
Unplug all appliances, including televisions, computers, and microwaves. Any devices with digital displays, instant-on features, or remote controls use energy even while not in use.
Turn off the water to your house.
Turn it to auto
Often, homeowners leave a light or television on to deter thieves. Investing in an automatic timer, particularly one with a random time feature, will make your home appear occupied and save energy. Change lights that are on timers to compact fluorescent bulbs, which use about 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.