During this season we go on vacations leaving our homes empty for days, weeks, or months at a time. How do we save money during this time? Should you be heating or cooling an empty house? or should you set your thermostat completely to off while you are on vacation. Here are a few tips to help you save money while you are on vacation.
Turning the thermostat off may not save you any money.
It takes an extreme amount of energy to start a system up from a complete shutdown and get to the thermostat setting. If you won’t be out of town for an extended period of time this won’t save you any money. Also leaving the climate of your home stagnant is not a good idea because the humidity can be very high and mold and dust will not be filtered out of the air in the home.
Turn the thermostat up or down
To save some money on your utility bill you can turn the thermostat up or down a little instead of turning all the way off while you are gone. Turning your thermostat up to a higher temperature setting during the warm months will and down in the cooler months will be more efficient. If you are only going to be out of the house during the day it is only efficient to turn your thermostat setting up or down by a couple degrees. If you plan on leaving for a few days, it is efficient to turn your thermostat up or down by 3-5 degrees. If you plan on leaving for more than two weeks, it is efficient to turn your thermostat up or down by about 10 degrees.
Get a Wi-Fi Thermostat.
Another money saving thermostat tip is to get a wi-fi thermostat. The benefit to having a wi-fi thermostat is that you can set specific programs of when you want your temperature to change in your thermostat. I want to include a warning here; adjusting your thermostat often will be very inefficient. When you set your program have it adjust as few times as possible throughout the day to make it more efficient. The other benefit to a wi-fi thermostat is that you can adjust the setting remotely. This means that you can change the temperature setting back to normal on your way back home from vacation so that it is comfortable when you return.