How to cut down on energy use while you’re away on vacation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Take a look inside your home and you may find a number of energy guzzlers.

But there are ways to cut back on your energy use, especially if you’ll be away from home for a few days.

“Easy things to do are turning down your thermostat to a safe temperature,” said Eric Isaacson, spokesperson for Colorado Springs Utilities.

According to CSU, setting your thermostat between 62 and 65 degrees will save you money while also ensuring your pipes don’t freeze.

Phone and tablet chargers, TVs, and computers should be unplugged as well.

CSU said even when turned off or left on standby, energy is still being used.

“If you have a power strip where it has a separate power switch on it, if you have your devices plugged into that power strip, just turning that power strip off will accomplish the same thing,” Isaacson said.

And another thing that can add to your savings?

“One thing that people don’t think about, if you’re gone for an extended period of time, you can turn down the temperature on your water heater. There’s no sense in heating that water when you’re not going to be using it for an extended period of time,” Isaacson said.

While the savings won’t be immediate on your utilities bill, creating that habit will have an effect in the long run.

And if you’re worried about leaving your home without any lights on overnight, CSU recommends using a timer, so that lights are turned on during certain times at night as opposed to the entire time you’re gone.

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