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Preparing Your Home Before Vacation

Are you prepared to take a holiday?

Your house can be too! Thorough preparation can not only help protect your residence and your effects while your traveling, but further grant your family with a lot of energy savings to spend on gifts! Follow these 5 easy instructions to make ready your residence for your absence.

Even if it’s a weekday excursion or a stay at the retreat, always remind yourself to pursue all of these energy-saving tips to bypass unnecessary costs while you’re on holiday.

1. Make sure to turn off all the lights.

If you choose to keep many of your lights turned on as a preventative measure, purchase an automatic timer. It can be setup to bring on your lights after late night and early morning hours while evading lost energy during the day.

2. Always turn down your air conditioner.

While it’s definitely critical to keep the air circulating in your residence while you are out, you can significantly reduce energy consumption by turning your thermostat up to 85 degrees. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can use the “out of town” feature to maintain safe and efficient indoor temperatures while you’re out.

3. Unplug appliances and electronics.

Even when they’re turned off, anything that’s plugged into the wall can continue to consume energy. By unplugging your devices or using a smart power strip, you’ll avoid wasting standby power. Don’t forget to unplug your washer and dryer, too.

4. Adjust your water heater(s).

Turn your water heater down to “low” or to “vacation” mode. If your pool also uses a heater, consider purchasing a pool cover that will help minimize heat loss so that you can avoid the cost to reheat it.

5. Refrigerator:

If you’ll only be gone a few days, turn your refrigerator’s thermostat up a few degrees. If you’ll be gone more than two weeks, clean and empty the refrigerator, prop the door open, and unplug the unit.

Whether it’s a weekend road-trip or stay at the lake house, remember to follow some of these energy-saving tips to avoid unnecessary expenses while you’re away.

Call Cytech Heating and Cooling at 956-630-6645

To set up an appointment with one of our ac technicians who will examine your current systems for efficiency improvements!

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