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Preparing Your Home Before Vacation

Are you excited to take a vacation?

Your residence can be too! Thoughtful planning will not only benefit your home and your belongings while you are on vacation, but it can also give your family with some energy savings to use on souvenirs. Pursue these five easy suggestions to equip your house for your vacation.

Even if it’s a weekday excursion or a stay at the lake house, always remind yourself to do most if not all of these energy-saving suggestions to evade avoidable costs while you’re away from home.

1. Make sure to turn off all the lights.

If you decide to keep all of your lights on as a preventative measure, invest in an automatic timer. It can be setup to turn on your lights during late evening and early morning hours while stopping lost energy during the day.

2. Always turn down your air conditioner.

While it’s definitely vital to leave the air on in your house while you’re away, you can definitely reduce energy consumption by turning your thermostat up to 85 degrees. If you own a programmable thermostat, simply use the “out of town” feature to manage safe and adequate 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 repair technicians who will inspect your current systems for efficiency improvements!

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