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Keep your home safe: Top things that you must do before leaving for vacation

By |January 8th, 2019|

Keep your home safe: Top things that you must do before leaving for vacation

Leaving your home for a number of days or weeks means having to anticipate anything and everything that could go wrong. Make sure that you do these steps before leaving your home for that awaited vacation trip.

 

Security

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If you have a an alarm system installed in your home, make sure that it’s all set up before you leave. Lock all windows and doors, and install deadbolts on your doors as an extra security feature.

 

Turn the water off

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Prevent any possible water damage before you leave for vacation by turning off your entire home’s water supply. This way, you’ll avoid any possible water damage, like frozen pipes, water damage from leaking water heaters or a possible burst in your water pipes.

 

Adjust your thermostat

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Since no one will be around, set your thermostat to a temperature that will give your furnace or central air a bit of a break, depending on the season.

 

Put a hold on mail and newspaper deliveries

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You can easily put a hold on your mail while you’re away on vacation. You can fill out this form online or a card at the post office. If you have newspapers delivered to your home, make sure that you contact the necessary person to stop the deliveries while you’re on vacation too.

 

Ask someone to water your plants

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Have a friend or a neighbor stop by your house to water your plants. This is especially important for your indoor plants if you will be away on vacation for more than two weeks.

 

Pets

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Make arrangements for your pets. If you’re planning on boarding them, make sure that you make reservations a few weeks in advance, especially if it’s peak vacation season. Otherwise, have a friend or neighbor check on your pets and feed them while you’re away.

 

Notify your bank

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See to it that you notify your bank about going away for vacation lest you find yourself going through the hassle of having your bank-linked debit or credit card flagged for suspicious activity.

 

Bills

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It’s a good idea to set up auto pay to cover your bills while you’re away on vacation. This way, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of catching up on unpaid bills or having to go online and pay bills while you’re on vacation.

 

Unplug electronics

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Most electronics and appliances continue to draw electricity even when they’re turned off. Unplug the television, coffee maker, computers, microwave oven, etc before you leave the house for vacation.

 

Food

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Plan ahead. Should you buy any perishables a week before you leave for vacation, make sure to just buy enough for that week’s consumption. This way, you’ll avoid coming back to spoiled or rotten food items when you come back from your trip.

 

Clean

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Lastly, clean your house before you leave for vacation. You wouldn’t want to come back to a messy home. Take out the trash, wash the dishes, finish most of the laundry if you can, wipe down kitchen counters and vacuum the floors and curtains.


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Energy savings

By |October 16th, 2018|

Energy Saving Tips: Save Your Money, Save Our Planet

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Who doesn’t want to hit two birds with one stone? Making simple changes in how you utilize energy in your household will not only help you save money by lowering your bills, you will also get to do your part in helping the environment.

Unplug

Most electronics and appliances continue to draw electricity even when they’re turned off. Yes, what your mom has been saying all these years is right. Make it a habit to unplug electronics and appliances when they are not in use, not just when you’re leaving the house.

Use Power Strips

It’s easy to forget to turn off electronics when leaving the house, never mind unplug them. Plug similar appliances and chargers into a power strip so you can shut off several devices at once.

Use LED Light Bulbs

This is not a drill. Incandescent bulbs really are a thing of the past. And yes LED light bulbs really are energy-efficient. They use about just a quarter of the energy consumed by incandescent ones, plus, they last 25 times longer.

Put Lightweight Clothes in the Dryer First

This tactic helps build up the heat in the dryer for heavier fabrics.

Use the Toaster and Microwave Oven

Cooking or heating up food with a toaster oven or a microwave oven saves more energy than warming them on the stove or in a conventional oven.

Don’t Stock Up the Fridge

Your refrigerator and freezer operate most efficiently when not crammed with food items. Leaving room inside the refrigerator as well as leaving enough clearance behind it allows air to circulate freely.

Air Dry Dishes

Remember that any appliance that emits heat uses up more electricity. Airy dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Just open the door after the rinse cycle and let mother nature do the rest. If you run your dishes in the evening, you can wake up to dry dishes without a single kilowatt being used.

Full Loads Only

Wash only full loads of clothes and dishes. Using the washing machine with a few clothes versus a full load uses up the same amount of energy. This goes the same for the dishwasher. Sort your clothes in hampers so they’re ready to be washed when you’ve accumulated enough for a full load. As for the dishes, make it a habit to just wash them in the sink if you’ve only used a few pieces.

Let the Light In
During daylight hours, switch off artificial lights and use windows and skylights to
brighten your home.

Turn Off the Water Heater
Turn off your water heater if you plan on leaving home for a few days. Most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.

Bite the Bullet – Replace Old Appliances

Older appliances are often less energy efficient. Your best bet is to replace them with Energy Star appliances or inverter-type ones.

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