While you’re packing up for a trip full of fun memories, it’s a great idea to protect your home during your excursion. This year, try some energy conservation measures, too!
Let’s first cover the basics:
- Alert the local police department. Many have programs where they will come by and check on your home.
- Hold the mail and the newspaper. There’s no better display to criminals that you’re on vacation than a stack of newspapers piling up.
- Put your valuables in a safe or safe deposit box. It’s an extra step of caution, but it’s much easier than replacing family heirlooms.
- Don’t advertise on social media websites that you are going out of town.
- Give your house key to a trustworthy neighbor and ask them to watch over the house. Even better if they move your car around in the driveway a few times.
- Pay a trustworthy neighbor to cut your grass, giving the appearance someone is home.
- Double check your locks (and window locks!) before you leave.
- Keep your CFL light bulbs on timers. They’ll turn on and off; making it look like someone is home.
- Adjust your thermostat up a few degrees. Nothing too extreme, though. And many programmable thermostats have a ‘Vacation’ setting which will have the home at a comfortable temperature upon your return.
- Unplug electronics you don’t need, like the TV, microwave, computer, and alarm clocks. Better yet, keep the electronics on a power strip and turn the strip off.
- Make sure your water heater is set to 120 degrees, not artificially higher (this is a tip you can use year round!)