When you go on vacation, take your energy conservation tips with you.
For increased security, use timers on light fixtures inside and outside your home. Using timers is much less costly in the long run than leaving your lights on all day. Fluorescent lighting requires special dimmers or timers, so make sure you use the correct ones for your fluorescent fixtures.
Your refrigerator is an electricity hog. If you’re going to be away for a long period of time, consider emptying and unplugging your refrigerator. Or better yet, have your old, inefficient refrigerator picked-up, go to The Great Refrigerator Roundup and learn how to qualify.
If you spend a long time away from home during the coldest months of the year, set your thermostat down. In the winter set it at 18°C and if you’re away in the summer set it at 28°C. A programmable thermostat is a great way to change settings automatically. There are programmable thermostats for central heating and baseboard heating.
If you have a pool, make sure it’s covered and that the timer on the pool pump is set.
Ghost bust those phantom loads. Sometimes referred to as “standby power,” phantom power is electricity consumed by electronic devices even when turned off (DVD players, TVs, phone chargers, coffeemakers with clocks/timers, etc).
Use a power bar with an integrated timer to shut off all your devices at the end of the day. Unplug your electronics when you’re away from home for an extended period of time.