Posted by: admin | July 26, 2011

IDT Energy on Vacation: Saving Money on the Road

August is just around the corner, and many people will be taking to the road and vacationing. But just because you and your family are on vacation does not mean that saving energy is also on vacation. Here are some tips which IDT Energy encourages you to try so that you can use your money on the fun things your family can do together instead of burning it unnecessarily.
•    If you have food in your refrigerator, leave the fridge alone. It will use less energy while you are away since it is not being opened and closed. If you emptied out the fridge before you left, it is not good advice to unplug it. Turned off mold and mildew can grow quickly. Better to set the fridge to its lowest setting which can save you up to 40% on its use of energy, which can be as much as $5 to $10/month.
•    There are two possible disadvantages to turning off your air conditioner completely during your absence; the humidity in your home will increase, and your refrigerator will have to work harder. Consider raising the temperature of the thermostat to about 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Turning off the AC altogether can save about $30/month on your electric bill.
•    Make sure to turn off most of your lights while you are away. It is a good idea to leave a few lights on so that your home has a more lived-in look while you are gone. A great idea is to use a timer which will turn the lights on and off, giving the lived-in look and saving you money, too.
IDT Energy wishes you a great summer and a fun vacation.

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