A great way to beat the Arizona sun during the summer is to take a vacation and get away from the heat. To be more effective, though, you should take steps that will allow you to save energy and money on vacation even though you won’t be home. Here are a few helpful tips that we’ve compiled to get you started:
- Don’t disregard your thermostat — With Arizona being as hot as it is over the summer, it’s not a good idea to leave the A/C unit off, because the ensuing heat could damage electronics, kill plants, etc. We suggest that you set the thermostat to 85 degrees.
- Install a programmable thermostat — To gain even better control over the temperature while you’re away, use a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat. These advanced devices will also allow you to turn down the temperature just before you get home.
- Turn off your water — To avoid leaks while you’re away, switch off the main water valve to your home.
- Put some lights on a timer — You obviously don’t want everyone to know you’re away on vacation, but leaving lights on for the entirety of your trip isn’t a good plan. Instead, place a few lights around your home on timers and set them accordingly.
- Replace traditional light bulbs — To save money on the lights mentioned above, switch your bulbs for more energy-efficient types, such as CFLs (compact fluorescents). These bulbs only use a fraction of the energy.
- Drain your water heater — Since you won’t be using the hot water, there’s no reason to leave water in your water heater. The unit will also have a vacation mode setting, so use that as well.
- Unplug your electronics — You won’t be using your electronics while you’re gone either, so go ahead and unplug any that you can.
For more expert advice on how to save energy and money on vacation, or if you have any other home comfort questions, please don’t hesitate to ask the professionals at Wolff Mechanical, Inc. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding Valley for over 22 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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