• Green Tip: Save energy in your home while you’re on vacation

    Posted by   |  May 19, 2017
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    It’s almost summer and we all know what that means: summer vacation! To help you save some energy and money when you leave town, we have a few items  to add to your travel checklist.

    Before you leave for your long weekend or vacation, it’s important that you rid your home of phantoms. Though you may not be aware, “phantom energy” is responsible for an enormous amount of wasted energy. “Phantom energy” is the energy that a device uses when it is turned off or asleep, but still plugged into a wall outlet. Though your devices may only sip a small amount of energy each, the combined effect is a huge amount of both wasted energy and money. This is a problem that is often overlooked, but easily corrected.

    Here are some tips for how you can cut your phantom load:

    • Find your worst energy draining offenders: “Kill-a-Watt” meters can show you how much energy an item is using and how much it’s costing you.
    • Plug electronics into power strips: it’s a lot easier to turn off a single switch than to unplug multiple electronics.
    • Unplug for short or long trips: even the occasional unplugging of devices can add up.
    • Buy ENERGY STAR appliances: these products just use less energy altogether.
    • Turn down the water temperature on your water heater. Most of them have pre-set vacation settings to make saving energy simple.

    Cable boxes, TVs, sound systems, computers, routers, microwaves, coffee makers, toasters, and more are all guilty of phantom energy loss. Make sure to unplug these gadgets before you leave for your summer trips in order to cut costs and curb your carbon footprint. With these tips there will be no need to call in ghostbusters to help with your money and energy savings!

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