Save money while you’re on summer vacation

save money on vacationVacation costs can add up quickly. Here are some simple ways you can save energy (translate “save money”) at home while you are away during the summer or the surrounding hot months.

  • Be sure to turn off ceiling fans and unnecessary lights.
  • Use timers for security lights and motion sensors (make sure that they are energy-efficient models).
  • Keep drapes and blinds closed to eliminate direct sunlight heating up the house.
  • Set manual thermostats to 80 degrees while you are away and make sure to set on “auto” rather than “on.” For condos and apartments, some experts recommend 77 degrees to help prevent mold and mildew.
  • Set programmable thermostats at 72 degrees for a couple of hours in the early morning and 85-88 degrees for the rest of the time.
  • Turn off your electric or natural gas tank water heater. If you have a tankless natural gas water heater, you don’t need to do anything, since it heats hot water only on demand.

Save money during vacation and year-round

  • save money by unplugging appliancesMany electronic devices draw “phantom” power even when they aren’t on. Unplug televisions, stereos, computers and related equipment, video games, DVD players and chargers for cell phones and cameras. Also unplug small appliances such as coffee makers and toasters.

By using these easy tips to save money at your house, you can relax knowing you’re using energy wisely while you are gone. For more ways to save all year long, check out these energy saving tips.

And don’t forget while you are away you can pay your bill online with our e-Bill program or take the hands-off approach and sign up for Automatic Bank Draft. You can also pay your bill online or by phone using our Pay It Now option.

Happy trails!


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