four striped lawn chairs on beach by water with seagulls flying

Summer is a great time to get away with family and friends. Whether you are planning a relaxing beach getaway or an adventurous road trip, don't forget to make sure your home's energy use takes a vacation as well. Prepare your home so that you can save energy and money while you're away.

AIR CONDITIONING

Set the thermostat to 85 degrees. If it is a programmable thermostat, use the "hold" or the "vacation" setting to keep it at that temperature.

ELECTRONICS

Computers, CD/DVD players, TVs and VCRs - these and other electronic appliances use electricity, even when they are not turned on. Unplug them before leaving.

LIGHTING

Make sure all lights are turned off to improve energy savings. For lights on a security timer, use energy-efficient LED lights.

WATER HEATING

Turn the water heater's temperature down to the lowest setting. If going on an extended trip, consider turning the water heater off. Leave a reminder to turn it back on upon returning home.

WINDOW SHADES AND CURTAINS

Keep window shades and curtains drawn to help keep the house cool from the afternoon sun.