As you prepare to take a vacation, there are so many things to get in order. Maybe your list doesn't include the water heater or thermostat -- but it should. This month, we are sharing some good vacation practices for your home that will help save money.
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Prepare Your Home for Vacation
Your bags are packed and you’re ready to leave your humdrum routine for a much-needed vacation. As you pack for your destination, remember your home needs a little prep too.
Along with the usual tasks, there are other steps you can take to help deter burglars and even save you a little green.
Before you leave, here are some ways to save money on your energy bill:
- Adjust your hot water heater. For a natural gas water heater, turn it to low or vacation mode. For an electric version, turn it down or off at the circuit breaker panel.
- Set or program your thermostat to a temperature that mimics the outside temperature (about 80 to 85 degrees). This still protects your wood floors and furniture, keeps pets comfortable, and saves on energy costs.
- Do not completely turn off your air conditioning during vacation so the air in your house continues to circulate.
- Close blinds and curtains to keep the daytime sun from warming up your home.
- Unplug small appliances and electronic devices, including gaming systems, so they don’t draw power. Also, do not leave chargers plugged into an outlet.
- Turn off any dehumidifiers or make sure they are set to run only when necessary. If you are not using a hose to drain water accumulation, be sure that someone stops by to empty the tank.
- Make sure your sump pump is working properly.
Take these electrical and plumbing precautions:
- Turn off water valves to the dishwasher, washing machine, and all sinks. Or consider shutting off the main water valve.
Here are some ways to keep your home looking lived in to ward off burglars:
- Use smart lighting to regulate your lights remotely or put various lights on timers.Turn various lights on and off intermittently or have them timed to do so.
- Ask a trusted neighbor to park in your driveway occasionally while you are gone.
- Use motion detectors on outside lights.
- Before you leave, check all windows and doors to make sure they are locked.