While vacations are necessary for bonding and relaxation, and every once in a while it’s important for families to do this, going away may also include stress and unecessary wastes and spending. If you plan your vacation right down to the nitty gritty though, you can truly have an enjoyable, efficient vacation while conserving your money, energy and resources.
Do remember to do these before you leave:
- Turn down the house’s gas and water heaters and unplug all appliances. This way, you can drop down the cost of utilities, especially when no one is at home to take advantage of it. It’s also a way to make sure that no accidents or any untoward incidents can happen to your lovely house while you are on vacation. Double check your circuit breaker to make sure that what is off is done properly. You can’t risk short circuiting this when you get back home.
- As with appliances, when you leave it on “sleep” mode, electricity is still running at around at least 10%, which can still affect your bills. If you have office machines running and you’re expecting fax messages (if you still use this) it’s probably best to tell your clients you will be away for awhile and will be enjoying this.
- If you have to be away for a long time, consider cleaning out your refrigerator and unplug this too.
- Leaving a light on in the house is a good idea, and works for your security. But make sure that the lights you live on is energy efficient.
- If you’re cutting down electricity use, you can also consider turning off your water supply when you’re away.
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