Getting ready for a long vacation can be exciting, but what will happen to your home while you are away? There are a few easy things you can do before you leave to make sure you’re home is in tip-top shape when you return.
Got houseplants? Don’t let them die while you’re away. Most plants can survive a week or maybe two without being tended to. However, if you’ve got a plant that needs special care, it would be worth purchasing a watering bulb that sticks into the soil and takes water as it needs it.
As for home security measures, consider leaving a light on inside or using a motion detecting light to ward off intruders. Leaving a car in the driveway instead of in the garage may also give the appearance of someone being home. Be sure to lock all gates, doors, windows, etc. before leaving.
Going on vacation is a good time to save on water and energy since you won’t be at home. Turn down the thermostat some. Don’t make it too cold for plants, pets, or even pipes, but it doesn’t need to be cozy. It’s also a good idea to turn down the hot water heater since it won’t be in use.
Since electronics are major energy suckers, unplug your computers and televisions. If your fridge doesn’t have much in it, don’t be afraid to make it a little warmer, too. Otherwise, it will continue to cool an empty fridge, which is unnecessary.
Make sure all of your faucets aren’t dripping so you don’t waste water. Also, if any of your toilets are running, just shut the water valve off and have it fixed when you get home.
Following these simple steps will make coming home from vacation as positive as it can be.
Written and published by Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.