How to manage your energy usage costs in an RV

Sep 18, 2019 Kevin Johnson Comments Disabled

In addition to looking out for Mother Earth, high energy usage can add up quickly. While most RV parks include electricity in their nightly rates, some have meters that measure the electric usage of each individual campsite and will bill customers individually. This happens more commonly with extended stays, but some RV parks do this for short-term guests as well. 

To avoid high fees, here are a few quick ways to minimize your energy use:

  • Create better insulation in your RV so that the temperature stays more comfortable naturally. 

  • Only use your air conditioner when necessary, as AC is a big energy hog. If you need to cool off, create a comfortable outdoor environment with your RV awning, and enjoy the fresh air from a shady vantage point. Also, use window coverings that block the heat. 

  • Unplug appliances when not in use, and always turn off the lights. 

  • Many campgrounds offer shower and laundry facilities. Use those to minimize hot water usage in your RV. If you do plan on using your hot water, consider only turning on the hot water switch when you need to use it rather than leaving it on all of the time. 

  • Invest in portable, battery-charged accessories, such as lamps, to minimize the energy use in your RV. 

  • Replace bulbs with energy-efficient ones. Modern LED bulbs consume far less energy than their halogen, CFL, and incandescent counterparts and last for over 13 years. They are fairly inexpensive; you can get a pack of 4 for around $6, which is is less than $0.50/year! Now that's a serious money-saving investment right there! 

  • If you can afford it, install solar panels on your RV. This can be costly upfront, but it can save you in the long run. 

Find the Most Affordable Gas Prices Ahead of Time

RVs can make travel more affordable in certain instances, but it’s no secret that they don’t get the most ideal gas mileage. When you’re traveling long distances, refueling can add up quickly, which is why it’s important to look for the most affordable gas prices ahead of time and plan your trip accordingly. Pro tip: accelerate slow and gentle and you'll save precious fuel

You can do the research yourself, or you can use apps like Gas Buddy that will help you compare gas costs for all gas stations in your area. With gas tanks this large, every cent counts.