Save energy at home while vacationing

Easy steps to lower energy use while you're jet-setting

While you are away your refrigerator, water heater and heating or cooling system, along with a handful of smaller appliances may be running almost as much as usual. Below are some tips to help you lower your energy usage while you're gone.

For quick trips

  • Shade your windows: To reduce heat gain, shade all sun-struck windows from the outside—stopping the sun from warming up windows. Plus, you'll save energy by preventing heat gain during summer months.
  • Drape your windows: Before you leave, close all interior blinds and curtains to lower the amount of heat entering your home.
  • Moisturize the air: Place several large buckets of water in the bath tub to add moisture to your home. Ask someone to refill the buckets, as needed.

Longer getaways

  • Electric water heaters: Turn off your electric water heater off at the circuit breaker or fuse box and close the cold water inlet valve. Before you turn the breaker back on, open the supply line and run water from the hot water faucet to be certain the heater is full.
  • Refrigerators: If you'll be away for a while, turn your refrigerator's thermostat control to a slightly warmer setting. If you'll be gone for an extended vacation you may want to empty, clean and turn off your refrigerator. Prop the door open to help prevent mold and mildew.
  • Lighting: Turn off all lights except those needed for security. Use timers to control lights left on for security purposes. To reduce operating costs for lights left on, install CFLs or LEDs.
  • Small appliances: Unplug all non-security appliances, including: computers, TVs, clocks and any device containing a transformer plug (cell phone chargers, wireless telephones, etc.).
  • Pool: If you have a pool, make sure the filter motor is on a timer and that proper chemical levels are maintained. Proper chemical levels are more important than running the pool filter longer.

Are you a seasonal resident?

If you leave the Phoenix area for months at a time, learn about your options to manage your monthly SRP bills while you're gone.

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Unless something in your home might suffer heat damage, turn off your heat pump or AC. If you leave it on, set it at 85 to 87 degrees.