6 Tips to Save Energy While on Vacation


Are you going away for the holidays? Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, there are a few things you can do to save energy (and lower your bills!) while you’re away. Scroll through the images for 6 tips to save energy while on vacation.


1. Turn down your thermostats.
Setting all of your home’s thermostats to 55 degrees ensures that your pipes won’t freeze but you’ll also save energy by not heating an empty house. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can program it to raise the temperature for the day you’ll be returning, or if you have a thermostat controlled by a smartphone app, you can adjust the temperature remotely.


2. Adjust your water heater.

If you don’t have a tankless model, your water heater will continue to heat the water in your tank. Use the “vacation” mode if your model has one, or lower the temperature setting to minimize the standby heat loss. Having readily available hot water accounts for up to 20% of energy used in your home.


3. Unplug electronic devices and appliances.

Think items like your coffee maker, toaster, TV’s, DVD players, computers, and game consoles. These items are energy vampires- they drain energy when plugged in even if they’re not in use.


4. Lower the blinds or close the curtains.

Closing the blinds or curtains will help keep the heat inside your home and prevent the cold drafts from getting in.


5. Install timers on exterior lights and switch to LED lightbulbs.

Rather than leaving your lights on the entire time you’re away for security purposes, conserve energy by setting the timer to turn the lights on for a few hours each night. Additionally, switching to energy-efficient LED lightbulbs will mean fewer replacements and cost savings over time as they typically last longer.


6. Consider emptying your refrigerator and unplugging it.

Refrigerators are one of the biggest energy users in your home. If you’ll be gone less than a week or two and have emptied your fridge, conserve energy by adjusting the temperature to warmer settings. Around 38-40 degrees for the refrigerator and 3-5 degrees for the freezer. If you’ll be gone more than two weeks, consider emptying your refrigerator and unplugging it.


These are just a few simple steps you can take to reduce your energy bill while you’re on vacation. While some of them may seem minimal, it does make a difference. To learn more about energy savings, visit our website or contact us.

Fall Checklist to Prepare for Winter

Fall Checklist to Prepare for Winter

By: Chris Nielsen, Residential Energy Advisor at Dead River Company

Fall is a great time to start preparing your home for the upcoming winter season. There are many things you can do to make your life easier once the cold weather (and inevitably snow) officially rolls in. As a Residential Energy Advisor for Dead River Company, I wanted to share my fall checklist to not only help you maintain your home, but your family’s comfort and safety.

6 Benefits of a Service Plan

6 Benefits of a Service Plan

By: Robert Morrissette, Service Manager at Dead River Company

In New England, a typical home heating system runs more than 1,000 hours every heating season. As a Service Manager at Dead River Company, I tell customers that just like any mechanical system, your heating system needs regular maintenance to run dependably and efficiently. And, with a heating equipment service plan, you’ll have one less thing to worry about this winter. Below are some of the benefits of having a service plan.

6 Ways to Save Energy on Laundry

6 Ways to Save Energy on Laundry

Did you know that the average family of four washes almost 400 loads of laundry a year? Your laundry could be adding up over time – and we don’t mean the clothes in your laundry basket! Washing and drying clothes uses a lot of energy, but it doesn’t have to with these 6 ways to save money on your water and energy bills while doing laundry.

3 Unique Grilling Recipes for your Next BBQ!

Living in Northern New England, we spend most of our snowy winters longing for summertime and warmer days. That’s why, when grilling season rolls around, we’re more than ready to fire up the gas grill for those backyard BBQ’s!

This summer, we’ve rounded up some unique side dishes that you can cook on the grill alongside your main meal. If you missed last year’s healthy grilling recipes, be sure to check them out.

We recommend using a propane gas grill for precise temperature control, no charcoal mess, and easy clean up! And since propane is an EPA certified green energy, gas grills are better for the environment than alternative options.

Now, let’s get cooking! Scroll through the slides for the recipes.

Photo credit: How Sweet It Is

Grilled Corn with Bacon Butter and Cotija Cheese

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 6 ears of corn
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 3-4 ounces cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Black pepper

Get the full recipe from How Sweet It Is.

Photo credit: Feasting at Home

Grilled Potato Salad with Black Garlic Vinaigrette

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 ½ pounds baby potatoes
  • 4 cloves black garlic
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh dill and cilantro

Get the full recipe from Feasting at Home.

Photo credit: She Likes Food

Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Feta Dip

Ingredients (serves 4)

Grilled Cucumbers:

  • 10 baby cucumbers
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 pinch of salt

Feta Dip:

  • 6 ounces plain green non-fat yogurt
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dill, chopped
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Get the full recipe from She Likes Food.