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If you’re like most folks in Burleson, Texas, you’ll probably spend some time away from home this summer. You’ve made the vacation reservations, planned your transportation and considered your packing list. But what about the vacant home you’ll leave behind? How can you save energy while away on summer vacation? Fortunately, it’s easier than you might think.

Turn Up the Thermostat

Raising the temperature a few degrees higher than normal will help save energy while you’re away. Even if you leave pets at home, this difference won’t be enough to make them uncomfortable. Just be sure you don’t set the temperature on the thermostat too high or turn off your air conditioner completely. Doing so will cause the system to use more energy to cool down the home when you return.

Close the Blinds

Although you may be leery of keeping your blinds and curtains closed while you’re away, which could give away the fact that your family isn’t home, it’s still a good idea to keep them shut. Closing the blinds and curtains prevents your home from heating up during the day. This, in turn, prevents your AC system from working harder to maintain its set temperature.

Unplug Electronics and Small Appliances

It’s a good rule of thumb to unplug anything with a light on it. This includes your cable box, TV, DVD player, printer, desktop computer, laptop, coffee maker or device chargers. If you have them plugged into power strips, simply switch off the power on each one and you’re good to go.

Keep the Refrigerator Full

It may seem counter-intuitive, but a full refrigerator runs more efficiently than an empty one. Resist the urge to purge the fridge before you leave town. Instead, fill it with nonperishable items like pickles and water bottles.

Saving energy at home while you’re away on vacation is easy if you’re willing to prep the house in advance. For more energy-saving tips or to schedule an air conditioner service, call Airmasters Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. at 817-506-4862.

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