It’s vacation season. All year you’ve been looking forward to
spending time at the beach, in the mountains or traveling overseas. A
lot of time has been invested in researching flights, booking hotel
rooms and finding the best sights to see.
You also need to spend time preparing your home for your absence,
whether it’s a few days or a month. There are a few steps you can take
to make your home safer and lower utility bills at the same time.
An air conditioner accounts for about half of your annual electricity bill. Every degree you turn up the thermostat will save you 2 percent on your cooling costs. Turn up your thermostat to 85 degrees. Doing so will still protect your plants, furniture and other belongings without running up your energy bill.
Why run up your utility bill heating water you’re not going to be there to use? Set the temperature on your water heater to “Vacation” mode. Most new water heaters are equipped with such a setting.
A Continually dark house, both inside and out, can signal to a burglar that no one is home. Put the lights you want to use as security lights on variable timers. If you need help finding easy to use timers, visit your local home center and ask for help.
Don’t leave a message that you are out of town on vacation.
If you park your car in the driveway normally and are leaving it while on an extended trip, arrange for a friend or relative to drive it so that it looks like it is being use (and so cobwebs don’t develop, a sure sign that no one is home).