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Heating and Cooling Tip: Save Energy and Money While on Vacation

When you’re on vacation you don’t want to have any worries about your Naperville home. There are plenty of steps you can take to ensure that your comfort systems and appliances are not eating up energy when you’re out of the house.  DuAll Heating and Cooling has some easy tips to save energy and money during your vacation.

Air Conditioning and Heating:  Turn your air conditioner off or use a programmable thermostat with a vacation mode. There’s no reason to keep the house as cool when there’s no one home. If you’re away in the winter set your heating system to 60 degrees: this will keep your pipes from freezing.

Water Heater:  Because having hot water is not a concern when no one is around to use it, water heaters can either be shut off completely at the breaker switch, set to “pilot”, or turned down to the lowest temperature setting.

Appliances and Electronics:  Unplug TV and entertainment systems; they still draw power when plugged in even while turned off.  Unplug computers that have instant-on features, toasters, coffee pots and any other devices that can leech energy.

Refrigerator and Freezer:  If completely empty, clean and unplug the refrigerator and freezer.

Water:  Shut water off at the main water line valve and drain faucets to prevent water leaks or pipes bursting while away.

Lights:  Shut off all lights except for those on timers that will turn on and off automatically at preset times of day.  Hook up exterior floodlights to motion sensors that will shut off after a certain amount of time.

By following these simple steps you can save energy and save money while on vacation. For more tips on how to more effectively use your Naperville heating and cooling system, give DuAll Heating & Cooling a call today!


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