Planning a Labor Day Getaway? Rocky Mountain Power Shares Energy Saving Tips to Put Your Home in Vacation-Mode

August 30, 2017


SALT LAKE CITY — As Utah residents prepare for Labor Day weekend getaways, Rocky Mountain Power wants to make sure Utahns don't forget to prepare their homes for vacation, as well. For locals heading out of town for the long weekend, Rocky Mountain Power recommends the following tips to ensure your home is on vacation-mode:

  • Adjust the thermostat: If the weather looks like it will be warm, set the thermostat to 85 degrees or higher before taking off.
  • Unplug electrical equipment: Make sure to unplug TVs, DVD players, gaming systems, coffee makers and computers, as they can draw power even when not in use. When plugged in, these appliances should be connected to power strips so they can easily be switched off for future vacations.
  • Turn off lights or use programmable timers: If you want to leave lights on for security purposes while you're away, consider using programmable timers.
  • Turn down the water heater: If you'll be away for more than three days, turn your water heater down or turn it off. For an electric water heater, turn the temperature dial down or turn it off at the circuit breaker panel. For a natural gas water heater, turn it down to "low." You may need a few hours to heat the tank when you return home from your trip.

Act wattsmart video contest - director chairTo ensure Utah's homes are energy efficient year-round, Rocky Mountain Power is also giving away up to $10,000 in energy efficient home upgrades through the 2017 Act wattsmart Video Contest. All Utah residential customers are invited to enter by submitting a video showing why saving energy is good for Utah and how they live wattsmart. For more information on the Act wattsmart Video contest, visit

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