You can save money on utility costs even while you’re away from your West Palm Beach, Florida, home, whether you are on vacation or just at work for the day.

Turn Down Your Air Conditioner

Your AC unit shouldn’t be working hard to cool your home if no one’s there. While you shouldn’t turn it off completely, there is no reason to leave it at optimal cooling temperatures when the house is empty. Simply setting the thermostat to 80 degrees will give your AC enough of a break that you’ll start to save energy.

This energy-saving step is easy to follow if you install a programmable thermostat. These thermostats allow you to program the temperature based on your needs and schedule so that you reduce energy waste. You can also program it to start cooling to ideal temperatures by the time you return home. With a smart thermostat, you can do this conveniently using an internet-enabled device such as a smartphone or tablet. Programmable and smart thermostats help you to use your HVAC system more efficiently overall so that you save even more money.

Unplug Electronics

It’s not enough to turn off electronics when you leave the home. When electronics and appliances are turned off and still plugged in, they continue to use electricity, through standby power. This includes everything from your computer to your TV to your microwave.

When you’re leaving home for an extended period, it’s a good idea to unplug all electronics and small appliances. To make this more convenient, you can purchase power strips. With one click of a button, you’ll be able to turn off multiple appliances at once. This does not apply to large appliances like your refrigerator. The added advantage of unplugging your devices while you’re away is that you protect them from surges.

You can protect your valuable equipment and reduce energy consumption. Save money by following these simple energy-saving tips. For more ways to save energy and increase air conditioning efficiency, call Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, Inc. today at (561) 202-1422.

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