Conserve Energy at Home While you Vacation

by Kim Blaylock 12/22/2019

Photo by Clint Patterson via Unsplash

It sounds like a great idea -- turn off your electricity entirely when you go on vacation and you'll dramatically slash your electric bills. While this works in theory, there are some considerations that make shutting everything down problematic for homeowners. Learning more about your options allows you to conserve energy wisely, without running into problems when you get home. Here's what you need to know about conserving power when you travel.

What to turn off -- and what to leave on when you travel:

  • HVAC System: One of the top consumers of energy in your home, reducing HVAC use while you are away will save you money. According to Duke Energy any savings you get from turning your HVAC off entirely could be reversed when you get home and have to power your entire system back up again. It will have to work extra hard to get your whole home back to a comfortable temperature. Instead of turning this off, set your system to vacation mode (most programmable thermostats have one) or to a temperature that makes your HVAC work less. You won't be home, so it does not have to be crisp and cool-- setting your thermostat to 80 can help you save money and not require an energy-consuming reboot when you get home. 
  • Hot water heater: You don't need to heat water while you are not home. Turn the temperature down or turn the unit off entirely at the fusebox, then simply turn back on or up when you get home. 
  • Fridge and Freezer: If you have any food stored at all (and most of us do) these need to stay on. If either component is empty or contains items that won't go bad (like bottled water or beverages) you can turn that component to a warmer setting to save while you are away. 
  • Water: Turning the water off can help conserve power and more importantly, prevent flooding. 
  • Electronics: If it plugs in, it consumes power, whether you are using it or not. Unplug electronics like the TV, kitchen helpers and more to cut your costs while you are away. 
  • Lights: A totally dark house lets would-be burglars know you are not home. Unplug most lamps, but leave a few on timers to boost your home security as you save. 

Learning which components of your home are essential for security and comfort -- and which can be turned off entirely -- allows you to cut your costs while you are not home. Once you return home from your vacation, you can get things going again quickly and without much downtime. 

About the Author
Author

Kim Blaylock

Your Hometown Realtor!

Real estate became a passion of mine from an early age. Shortly after I graduated from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, I obtained my real estate license. I initially worked in vacation product marketing, but wanted to get out from behind a desk. 26+ years later I still enjoy the thrill of finding that perfect home for my buyers, or helping sellers prepare their home for an upcoming sale. It never gets old!
 

When I’m not out selling homes, I love traveling all over the U.S. and overseas, reading, visiting the Disney parks, or just relaxing with my family. I'm an active volunteer in my Winter Garden church community and also serve on the executive team of my local Pi Beta Phi sorority alumnae club.    

I work alongside a dynamic sales team that is comprised of myself and two of my best friends. We provide each other with sales support, advice, and encouragement. This team effort is a huge benefit for my customers because it ensures you always have an agent available to help, even if I'm on vacation!  

My Personal Mission: I pledge to be in consistent communication with my customers, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. I believe that if you’re not left with an exceptional experience, I haven’t done my job. I don’t measure my personal success through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of my clients.

Let me put my professional negotiation skills and industry knowledge to work for you! Call, or text me today at 407-497-9321 so we can get started!