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#tipsEnergy: Saving Energy During Vacation

May 20, 2013 - 4:03pm

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#tipsEnergy: Saving Energy During Vacation

Every month we ask you to share your energy-saving tips, and we feature some of the best tips in a Storify to encourage others to save energy and money at home. For this month's #tipsEnergy, we want to know how you plan to save energy and money during summer vacation.

Storified by Energy Department ·
Mon, May 20 2013 18:56:32

From family gatherings to trips to the
beach and camping in National Parks, Memorial Day marks the start of summer
vacation. No matter how you spend your summer, there are plenty of ways for you
to save energy at home and on the road. This month, we want to know how you
plan on saving energy and money during vacation.    

While on vacation, don't pay for energy at home that you
aren't using. Before you head out the door, take some simple
steps
-- such as turning your water heater to vacation mode or plugging
your electronics into a power strip and turning it off -- to save energy and
money at home. Check out other great tips from our Twitter followers for saving
energy while you are out of town.

Another way to conserve energy: lower
your blinds and close your curtains
. This will prevent heat gain from your
windows. Studies
show that medium-colored draperies with white-plastic backings can reduce heat
gains by 33 percent. 

Whether you're traveling nearby or far away, consider using
a more efficient mode of transportation. According to the Alternative Fuel
Data Center’s Vehicle Cost
Calculator
, the average driver would spend half as much money on fuel by
driving a plug-in
hybrid electric vehicle
compared to an equivalent conventional vehicle. As
one Twitter user points out, another option is to use public transportation to
reduce your carbon footprint and save money.

Having a staycation this year? Take this time to make energy
efficiency upgrades you might have been avoiding during the rest of the year.
Whether it is switching to energy-efficient
light bulbs
or air
sealing
around your doors and windows, small changes can add up to big
savings. As one Twitter user points out, he cleans the condenser
coils
on the back of his fridge annually to make sure it is working
efficiently. Before you begin, consult your owner's manual to learn how to
safely clean your fridge's coils.

Did you know: If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan
will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no
reduction in comfort. Depending on where you live, fans could
provide adequate cooling for your home as one Twitter user points
out. Learn more about how to use fans for cooling.

For more tips and advice on saving energy while on
vacation, check out Energy Saver.

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