10 Things To Do Before You Go On Summer Vacation…..
Sunscreen? Check. Toothbrush? Check. Paperback novel? Check.
You follow a list when you’re packing your suitcase, so why not do the same when you’re leaving your house for an extended period of time. Ensure peace of mind while you’re on summer vacation by remembering to do the following items before you take off.
- Hold All of Your Mail and Newspapers
- Remove Your Hidden Spare Key
- Close Your Curtains and Shades Closing your curtains and shades will save you money on your energy bills by keeping the sun out!
- Turn off Your Hot Water Heater An empty house doesn’t need hot water, and your water heater will cost you money while you’re gone and could spring a leak.
- Clean Out Your Fridge The last thing you want when you return home is to open the fridge and smell curdled milk. Before you leave, toss anything that might spoil during your trip.
- Sprinkle Baking Soda in the Toilet
To avoid being greeted by the nasty stench of stagnant water when you get home, sprinkle baking soda in the toilet bowl. This also works with sink drains. Turn off the water supply to your toilet.
- Unplug Your Appliances
There’s no need to waste energy on toasters, computers, televisions and other appliances while you’re gone. Instead, unplug them.
- Take out the Garbage
- Empty Your Washer
Also, it’s a good idea to turn off the water to the washer, too, so that if it leaks, you won’t have a flood.
- Adjust Your Thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat or a NEST, save energy and money by adjusting your thermostat while you’re gone. There’s no reason to cool an empty house!
- To avoid turning off individual items, turn off the Main Water Supply to your Home