Before you leave for vacation this summer ...

  • Turn the thermostat up to 80 degrees if no people or pets will be in the house while you’re gone. Don’t turn the air conditioning completely off; a home that’s too hot and humid can become a breeding ground for mold and even damage some of the construction materials your home was build with. If you’re leaving your pets at home for a pet-sitter to check on, leave the a/c at a comfortable setting.
  • Shut off the water heater.
  • Unplug electronics like the TV, coffee pot, electric razors, electric clocks and cell phone chargers. Even if those things are turned off, they still use a trace amount of electricity as long as they are plugged in.
  • Plug your lights into a timer. Burglars are far less likely to break into a house if they think someone is home and awake. Just leaving on a few lights isn’t going to fool them, though, because if they’re watching your house, they’ll see the lack of activity. Instead, program your lights to turn on and off at the times of day when you usually would turn them on and off. You’ll save energy and possibly ward off trouble.