Going on vacation is a something that everyone looks forward to, the chance to relax somewhere and have fun for a while is the best feeling in the world. However, when you are leaving your home even for a week or two, there are things you should do to keep your home safe and your energy bills down. Here are some tips on the things you need to do before you go.
Your air conditioner accounts for a large part of your energy bill, but you can reduce it while keeping your home comfortable. You can safely turn your thermostat up to 85 degrees without risking your plants or furniture in your home. The only thing you will need is someone to water your plants while your away.
There is no telling what might happen while you’re away, maybe you will get a burst pipe or perhaps one of your appliances will leak. To prevent that from happening, it is important that you turn off your water at the shut-off valve. Of course, if you have things that need water such as the pool or the sprinkler system, then you will need to keep it on. If you have someone coming in to look after your house, then they can always turn it off if there’s a problem.
You might not do anything to your toilets when you go on vacation, but while you’re away, bacteria can grow and cause staining in your toilet. To prevent it from growing, pour a cup of chlorine in the toilet bowl before you leave. If you are going away for a long period of time, then someone should flush them periodically for you.
Leaving all of your lights off inside and outside your home could be a signal to burglars that no-one is home. Ideally, you want to have some lights that come off and on at set times, so it looks like there is someone there. Use LED bulbs to save energy and use timers to turn them on and off. If you have someone coming in, ask them to alter the timers slightly, so it doesn’t look like they come on at the same time every day.
You should make sure that your sprinkler is on a timer while you are away to prevent the grass from drying out. It is also a good idea to clean your pond if you have one before you go. You can get pond vacuums from places like mygardeningnetwork.com to clean the pond, so that is doesn’t get worse while you’re away. If it’s going to be a long vacation, then you might also need someone to cut your lawn while you’re gone.
Everything else in your home should be ok while you are away, except for pets, of course, that will need to be found alternative homes while you’re away. With all of that taken care of, you can enjoy your vacation.