Whether you are visiting family for Christmas or on a summer holiday abroad. There are times during the year where you might not be in your home for days or even weeks at a time.
During these occasions you certainly don’t want to be worrying about your home energy usage whilst catching up with close ones or relaxing on a beach. That’s why we have put together four simple tips to keep your energy consumption down when you are away.
Turn your heating / lights off
The most obvious way to save energy is ensuring your heating and lights are turned off when you leave. Heating and lighting an empty house is a quick way to a hefty over-usage bill. If you want to leave a few lights on for security purposes, you can buy automatic timers which will save you some money.
Reduce the power of your fridge
When leaving for a holiday, more often than not you will try to empty your fridge so that you don’t return to a mouldy mess. So before leaving, turn down the power of your fridge as there is no point keeping an empty fridge cool.
Turn off your electrical devices
Standby mode still uses energy, so turn all electrical devices like your TV, chargers and even kitchen appliances off at the wall to save energy. According to Energy Saving Trust you can save around £55 a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode.
Set your water heater to low
Your boiler is one of the biggest energy consumers in the home. So when going away, turn it to ‘low’ or take advantage of vacation mode settings to reduce energy waste. Avoid turning your boiler completely off during winter or cold spells as this could cause your pipes to seize up and freeze.
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