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Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jo Lewis from uSwitch.com
There may be a global recession on, but many of us still enjoy going on vacation and relaxing in the sun. However, a summer vacation can be very expensive. The price of booking plane flights, hotels and restaurants can all become costly. But did you know that while you’re away on holiday, your utility bills can also add up and dent your finances? If you’re planning on going away on holiday this year, you’ll benefit from reading the following five money saving tips aimed at reducing your utility bills. Whether you’re going on a long trip or a relaxing short break, the following money saving tips will help decrease your utility bills.
1. The Air Conditioning SystemSimply turning down your air conditioning system is not enough. Alternatively, shut it down altogether. If your luckily enough to have a programmable thermostat you can programme the settings so that they are only activated upon your arrival, instead of wasting energy while your away.
2. Water Heater
Water heaters that heat the water in your home are famous for wasting energy. To put a stop to this, just turn off the water heater at the circuit breaker or fuse box.
3. Refrigerator and Freezer
If you’re planning on going away on a small vacation, try delicately increasing the temperature on your fridge and freezer. On the other hand, if you’re going on a longer trip, remove the contents and shut the Freezer down. Likewise, open the door to prevent mould. Believe it or not, emptying out and shutting down your fridge and freezer can save you a small fortune!
This may sound like common sense, but try and turn off all the lights when you leave your house. However, for your own security you may want to consider leaving a few lights on timers to create the impression that your house is occupied while you’re away. Also buy some energy saving light bulbs. These work wonders and last up to 12 times longer than standard ones.
5. Pull the Plug
Make sure all electrical appliances are turned off before you leave the house. A common and costly habit for many home owners, is to put all electrical equipment on standby…You may be surprised to know that putting your electrical equipment on standby can contribute to as much as 10 percent of your overall energy bill.
About author: Written by Jo Lewis from uSwitch.com and uSwitchforbusiness.com. Helping people compare gas and electricity prices and save money on their business electricity deals.
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