Sometimes it’s easy to get so consumed with planning and preparing for a vacation that we forget about the home we’re leaving behind.
Before you leave, your house needs some special attention so it doesn’t continue to over-consume in your absence. When you think about everything that’s drawing energy on a daily basis (and the things that an empty house doesn’t need), it’s time for a checklist.
Here are a few simple (and possibly overlooked) ideas to keep your home green while you vacation:
- Turn off your air conditioning or, in the winter months, turn the heat to 55 degrees.
- Make sure ceiling fans are turned off.
- Unplug nearly everything… computers, TVs, appliances, microwaves, lamps, coffee makers, all of it! Look at every outlet in your house and most things can be unplugged in your absence. They WILL still consume “phantom power” even when not in use!
- Install timers on a few lights so your home still appears lived-in but they won’t glow 24-hours-a-day.
- Dial down the temperature or switch off the breaker on your water heater.
- If you clear out an overload of perishables in your refrigerator make sure it’s not too empty… you actually need some content to make it efficient. If it’s looking a bit empty, just fill and cover a few large pitchers of water.
That’s all it takes. A checklist and a little extra time and you can keep it green while you play away!
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