Vacations are supposed to be a time for you to relax, experience something new and create lasting memories. The last thing you want to think about when you’re off on a fun summer adventure is the state of your empty home. Of course, there are a few easy measures you can take before you leave to make sure your home remains safe so you don’t experience any unwelcome surprises when you return.
1. Set Your Thermostat 4 Degrees Above Normal
There are few things more wasteful than cooling an empty house. Setting your thermostat above where you normally set it during the summer will not only save you money when you’re gone but also ensure that it won’t get too hot and potentially cause damage to your belongings in the event of a summer heat wave. Four degrees is the suggested “sweet-spot,” as any hotter may force you to spend what you saved on trying to cool your house back down upon your return.
2. Clean Out Your Refrigerator
Before you leave for a few days, check your fridge to remove anything that may spoil when you’re gone. You don’t have to necessarily throw out the food – you could always give it to a friend or neighbor who could use it. Coming home to a stinky fridge is no way to acclimate to getting back to the grind!
3. Decide Which Lights to Leave On
Walk through your home and carefully choose which lights to leave on while you’re gone. Leave a light on that can be seen from outside to give the impression that someone is home. Any lights that are solely visible from inside your home should be turned off to conserve energy.
Before you leave for your vacation, review your homeowners coverage to make sure that your home is safeguarded against the unexpected.
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