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Going on Vacation? Protect Your Home and Your Energy Bill

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Depending on who you ask, the word “vacation” has different definitions. From kid-friendly theme parks to wildlife safari tours and everything in between, one size does not fit all when it comes to describing the ideal getaway. One thing we can all agree on, however, is that we want to keep our homes safe and secure while we’re gone. Follow the steps on our checklist and no matter where your travels take you, rest easy knowing that upon your return, you’ll find your home just as you left it.

 

Five Steps to Secure Your Home

  1. Install Cameras

    A camera strategically placed at your front door is an effective deterrent. A motion-activated set up will send alerts and video clips to your smartphone and allow you to check in remotely by live streaming any action at your house.


  2. Place Security Lights

    Installing lights outside your home will deter burglars from even trying. Most models are motion-activated and can be programmed to come on only at night.


  3. Use Smart Locks

    Installing lights outside your home will deter burglars from even trying. Most models are motion-activated and can be programmed to come on only at night.


  4. Put Lights on Timers

    Installing lights outside your home will deter burglars from even trying. Most models are motion-activated and can be programmed to come on only at night.


  5. Hold the Mail

    Mail and newspapers lying around your front door are a dead giveaway. If a friend or neighbor can’t collect them for you, put delivery on hold. To avoid packages being left outside, don’t place orders right before you leave.

 

Five Steps to Conserve Resources and Avoid Potential Problems

  1. Shut Off the Water Supply

    To prevent leaks and flooding, experts recommend you turn off the water at the mains. Leaving in winter? Drain all the water from the pipes as well to prevent them from bursting if the temperature plummets.


  2. Adjust the Thermostat

    Lower the thermostat so you’re not wasting energy in an empty house, but don’t turn the heating off completely in case the pipes freeze. In warmer climes, leave the A/C on to avoid mold and humidity, but turned up higher.


  3. Lower the Water Heater

    Many newer water heaters have a preprogrammed vacation mode that will keep the water around 50°F so it won’t freeze and cause a flood. If your water heater doesn’t have vacation mode, turn it down manually.


  4. Unplug Appliances

    In the old days, this practice could save energy and money. Nowadays, with technical advancements reducing the amount of energy used, this precaution is more about avoiding the danger of wires catching fire.


  5. Clean Your Kitchen

    If you have time, this prevents bugs and rodents moving in. Disinfect your garbage disposal, run the dishwasher, and empty garbage and recycling before you leave. It’s an extra step, but you’ll be rewarded with a sweet-smelling, critter-free re-entry.

 
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The anticipation of traveling is always exciting, but there are a lot of things to do before you hop on the plane. Download our pre-travel checklist so you can check off these tips before you go on vacation.

 

 

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