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As COVID-19 vaccinations continue to rise and travel restrictions ease, many people are planning their first big trip since the pandemic began. Just over 50% of Americans say they will definitely take at least one trip this summer, while another 32% are considering it.
Follow these simple tips to help save money while you’re away and put some dollars back in your pocket for your upcoming trip:
2. Turn off lights and ceiling fans, or use timers. Even if you’re using LED lights, remember to turn them all off before you leave the house. Try a timer to turn a few lights on at night as a security measure to make it appear someone is home.
3. Adjust the temperature on your water heater. If you have a natural gas water heater, you can set it to “low” or “vacation” mode. If you have an electric water heater, set the temperature as low as possible. Water heaters are among the top three energy using appliances in your home.
5. Don’t empty the refrigerator. Did you know a full fridge is more efficient than a half-empty one? You’ll save energy by getting rid of any perishables, and stacking the shelves with water bottles while you’re away. To conserve even more, adjust the thermostats to higher settings: 38 degrees for the refrigerator and 5 degrees for the freezer.
6. Close blinds and pull curtains down. This will block the sun and prevent radiant heat from warming up your home and keep your home cooler so the AC won’t have to work as hard.
7. Change pool pump and spa settings. If you have a pool, set the pool pump to run less to save energy. If you have a spa, turn off the heater or lower the temperature before you leave.
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