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Asked on: May 27, 2016 by Paul F., Palm Coast
If we’re leaving for a weekend vacation, should we shut off the A/C unit, or leave it on?
We get asked this question a lot, Paul. To save energy while you’re away for the weekend, there really isn’t one answer that fits all because there are a lot of factors to consider. For example, the time of year, location, size and type of home, etc. can all influence your situation.
Here are some suggestions:
- Close the shades, blinds and drapes to keep the sun’s heat out.
- Raise the thermostat to 82 degrees or higher when you’re away so you’re consuming less energy. Just remember, it may take a few hours to cool your home back to your preferred temperature when you return.
- For ultimate convenience and control, you may consider installing a smart thermostat, and preferably one you can adjust from your smart phone. This way, you’ll be able to monitor and control your home’s largest energy user right from your phone – wherever you are, and that can definitely impact your energy bill. Learn more about smart thermostats and the benefits they can provide by visiting our recent smart thermostat blog.
Additional summer vacation tips
If you’re planning to go on vacation for a week or longer, visit our summer tips blog for more information and tips on how to prepare your home.
Also, you can always see how adjusting your A/C affects your bill and find new ways to save by taking our Online Home Energy Survey. It works together with your personal Energy Dashboard to show you how much energy you use, down to the hour.
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