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Give Your Electric Bill a Vacation

Before you pack the suitcases and load the kids into the car for a relaxing summer vacation, check out our list of ways you can save energy and money while you are away from home.

  • Unplug your television, computer, clock radio and microwave oven. They use electricity as long as they’re plugged in, even when they’re turned off.

  • Turn up the thermostat to save on air conditioning bills. Do not turn your thermostat off before you leave, as a too-hot house can become humid and invite mold.

  • Switch the water heater to the “vacation” setting or the lowest temperature.

  • Turn off most of the lights in the house. Connect a few lights to an automatic timer to give your house a lived-in look.

  • Leave your refrigerator plugged in. Mildew can grow in an unplugged refrigerator after just a few days.