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Save Energy at Home While You’re Away for the Holidays

  • December 11, 2013

If you’re like millions of homeowners across the country, you may be planning to travel for the holidays. An added benefit of being gone is that you can actually save energy at home; you simply need to know how to do it. Let’s take a look at a few quick ways to take advantage of this energy-saving opportunity.

  • Control your heating — There’s no need to run your heat on a regular schedule if you’re not going to be home. However, you should invest in a programmable thermostat and set it to around 50 degrees. This way, you’ll avoid the possibility of frozen pipes.
  • Fit  your lights with a timer — If you leave your lights off while you’re gone, thieves may realize you’re not home. But if you leave them on the entire time, you’ll waste energy. The solution is to invest in timers that will make people think you’re home without using too much energy.
  • Tend to your water heater — Before you leave on vacation, be sure to set the water heater on its lowest setting. This will stop the water from freezing inside the lines and tank.
  • Unplug your refrigerator and other energy-sucking devices — Your refrigerator takes a great deal of power to run. If you plan to be gone for an extended time, it’s a good idea to clean out the fridge and leave it unplugged while you’re gone. Also unplug other unnecessary appliances and other devices, because many devices use a small amount of energy even when they’re switched off.
  • Shut your blinds and curtains — A great way to keep the heat inside your home from escaping is to keep your blinds and curtains closed. This will lessen the need to turn your furnace up while you’re not at home, which will save more money.

If you would like more expert advice on how to save energy at home, or for questions regarding home comfort, please don’t hesitate to contact the heating and cooling experts at Comfort Services, Inc. We currently serve the needs of Aberdeen, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Sanford, Laurinburg, Whispering Pines, and their surrounding areas.