Vacations Can Be Expensive But Your Energy Bill Doesn’t Have To Be While You’re Away
Airline tickets for the entire family? Check. New bathing suits? Check. Hotel reservations? Check. Sunscreen, beach book and shades? Check, check and check.
Summer vacations are expensive, which is exactly why you should take a few simple steps before you leave home to make sure you’re not wasting money on your energy bill while you’re off relaxing. Here’s how:
Invest in Energy Star
When you install a heating and cooling system that has achieved the Energy Star rating, you’ll be saving money on your energy bill and helping the environment. Energy Star products meet high government standards for efficiency, meaning that they’ll perform exactly how you expect them to while you’re off on vacation.
Keep Your Home Naturally Cool
You don’t have to run your air conditioner on full throttle in order to keep your house cool. All you have to do is pull down the shades to keep the sun out. When the sun’s rays hit your windows, their heat is magnified. Keeping the rays outside will keep the inside of your house naturally cool.
Unplug Appliances and Electronics
A lot of people don’t know it, but appliances and electronics use a lot of energy–even when they’re not in use. This means that your dishwasher, hot water heater, computer, coffee maker and alarm clocks are all using large amounts of energy–even when you’re off on vacation. Before you leave for vacation, take a walk around the house and unplug all the appliances and electronics that can be unplugged. For other ones, use a surge protector. Surge protectors will keep your electronics from using so much energy, and they will protect them from electrical malfunctions.
Yes, summertime is here, which means it’s time for people in Fort Collins to hit the highway, find a flight and go on vacation. But before you do, take a few minutes to take a few steps that will help you save money on your energy bill. For more expert advice on tips, tricks and updates to your HVAC system that can result in savings, contact Balance Point Heating and Air Conditioning.