Cutting energy costs during vacation is a breeze with these simple tips from your co-op

March 26, 2019 -- There’s nothing quite like a vacation, especially during spring break. Whether you’re headed to the beach, visiting faraway family or making college visits, a spring break vacation is the perfect family getaway. The kids are out of school, the sun is (usually) out and the time is right for some rest and relaxation.

But before you load the luggage, take time to prepare your home for energy savings. A few simple modifications before you leave can help you save electricity (and money) while you’re enjoying your vacation.

  1. Turn your heating system down to 50 degrees. Keeping your home toasty warm is pointless if you’re not there, so save energy and money by lowering your heat. If your system switches automatically to air conditioning, make sure the air is set to 80 degrees before you leave on your vacation.
  2. Unplug electronics. Most electronics use electricity if they are plugged in. Even if you have them switched off, you’re likely paying for some standby energy waste. Before you head out of town, unplug as many devices and appliances as you can to prevent unnecessary energy usage.
  3. Give your water heater a vacation too. New hot water heaters have a vacation (VAC) mode. Once switched on, the hot water heater will lower the temperature to 50 degrees to prevent energy waste while you’re away. If you have an older model, it’s still possible to save. Just turn your heater’s thermostat down as much as possible or switch it off completely at the breaker.
  4. Switch off your lights. Turn off all the lights before you leave to avoid energy waste. If you’re concerned about the security of your home, invest in a timer and have a couple of lights turn off and on periodically. Make sure the bulbs in those lights are LEDs, which use 90% less energy than traditional incandescents. This will save energy and make it appear as if someone is home.

If you have questions about other ways to save energy, call West Kentucky RECC at 1-877-495-7322.