I am traveling for the holidays. Are there ways I can save money on my power bill while I'm gone?
There are a number of steps you can take to save electricity while you are away, Progress Energy says. Here are several measures utility experts say you should consider:
• Raise your thermostat by at least 4 degrees if it is going to be warm while you are away and lower it a few degrees if it will be cold. Consider your pets when setting the temperature.
• Turn off your electric water heater at the breaker or switch. Most water heaters can reheat water in about an hour.
• Avoid leaving exterior or interior lights on all the time. Use timers or sensors instead.
• Check your refrigerator and freezer doors to ensure they are closed tightly.
Find more energy-saving tips at http://progress-energy.com/custservice/flares/energytips/index.asp and SaveTheWatts.com.