If you live in the Michigan area and are planning a summer vacation with your family for a lengthy amount of time, there’s no reason why you should continue to spend large sums of money to supply electricity to your home while you’re away. There are several home maintenance tasks you can carry out just before you leave that can save you a significant chunk on your home energy costs.
Here are five areas to look at before you head out of town:
- Refrigerator: If you will be gone from your home for a long period of time, it’s a good idea to take this opportunity to clean out your refrigerator and unplug it. Remember to leave the door open to keep it from getting moldy. If you’ve got food that you’d like to keep refrigerated while you’re gone, be sure to keep your fridge as full as possible, adding flour, sugar and other baking supplies if it’s near empty. When a refrigerator is full, it requires less energy to cool.
- Lights: You should turn off all lights in your home that you don’t need on while you’re gone. Choose a couple lights to turn on for two to three hours each night with a timer. This will make it appear that there are residents in the home, reducing your risk of burglary.
- Water heater: Your home’s water heater uses a large percentage of the energy you pay for every month. During a long vacation, turn off your hot water heater.
- Electrical devices: There are many devices in your home that use electricity even when they’re not actually turned on, such as a clock on the microwave or your televisions. Unplug these devices while you’re gone.
- Air conditioning: One of the most important home maintenance tasks you can perform before you leave for vacation is to turn down or turn off your air conditioning system. If you have plants or other items in your home that are heat sensitive, just adjust the temperature to 85 degrees.
Because summertime is such a high energy-use period, saving energy at this time can have a huge impact on your overall bill. These simple home maintenance tips can go a long way toward saving you a lot on your home energy costs.
If you have any questions about this topic, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. Our team of experienced professionals will be more than happy to help you.
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