Let’s face it, winter in the Okanagan can get downright chilly. Going on vacation is a great way to get away from it all for some R & R. However, while you’re away, your home is still using energy. To make sure you’ll enjoy your vacation without worrying about unnecessary energy costs, here are a few smart energy-saving strategies from the team at A1 Kelowna Heating and Cooling to try before you leave.
- Unplug Electronics – Almost every electronic device in your home is using some amount of energy even when it isn’t being used. Things like TVs, computers, video game consoles, microwaves, and coffee makers—you name it—all draw power even when they aren’t turned on. Unplugging these electronics before leaving for a vacation can help reduce your energy usage.
- Turn Down the Temperature – Your HVAC system is one of the biggest energy users in your home. To prevent it from kicking in unnecessarily, before you leave, turn your thermostat down. Even better, if you have a programmable or smart thermostat installed, you can program it to a lower temp now and also return to a perfect temperature before you get back. How cool (or hot) is that?
- Use Smart Devices To Monitor Energy Usage – Smart plugs and home energy monitors allow you to keep track of your home’s electricity consumption remotely via your phone or laptop. Read more on the Rainforest Automation Monitors that work with BC Hydro’s electricity meters! That way, you can keep an eye out for any electricity usage issues or problems back home, even if you’re hundreds of miles away.
- Schedule a Maintenance Checkup – Give A1 a call. Avoid any nasty surprises when you are away!
So Before You Go – Unplug electronics, turn down the temperature, and install smart devices, to reduce your electricity costs while you’re away on vacation! And by implementing these few steps, you’ll easily save money on your next utility bill whether or not you’ve taken a break from your routine! So don’t forget these easy tips for saving energy when planning for your next getaway.
And remember to call A1 Kelowna for any repairs or new HVAC system upgrades to make sure everything runs smoothly!