Preparing to travel takes a lot of work. While you’re thinking about your destination, don’t forget the place you’re temporarily leaving. Taking care of a few simple tasks can help you avoid mishaps and make your return stress-free.
Connect Electric wants to share seven things to do before you begin your journey far away from home.
• Clean Now So You Don’t Have to Later
The last thing anyone wants to do after returning from a long trip is clean. That’s why it’s smarter to clean before you go. Tidy up, put things away, and give everything a good dusting, vacuuming, and scrubbing.
• Remove All Trash from Your Living Space
While you clean, also be sure to empty all trash cans and collect garbage. Remember to check the fridge and remove anything that will spoil. Or, if you plan to be gone a long time, remove all food items from the refrigerator and freezer and discard.
Making sure that all refuse is out of your living space will reduce odors and give you a fresh start when you come back.
• Program Your Thermostat to Save Energy
If you have a programmable thermostat, update the settings. Since no one will be there, you can keep the temperature lower (if it’s cold outside) or let it get hotter (if it’s warm outside).
This is a good opportunity to save money on your utility bills during a time when you aren’t there to enjoy the heat or air conditioning.
• Unplug Electronics and Appliances
Don’t just turn electronic devices and appliances off – unplug them. Electronics continue consuming energy while they are off, idle, or in sleep mode. Unplugging them will stop all consumption and lower the risk of an electrical fire while you’re gone.
• Install Timers on Lights to Discourage Break-Ins
If you haven’t already, now is a good time to install timers on your light fixtures. Set these to switch lights on as it gets dark and off again during the day. Not only does it save money in utility expenses, but it also creates the illusion that someone is home to deter opportunistic thieves.
• Ask Someone to Gather Your Mail
Have a plan for mail collection. A pile of mail is another sign that no one is home in the eyes of a criminal. Ask a trusted person to collect your mail for you or contact your local post office and ask them to hold your mail until you return.
• Check All Entry Points Before You Leave
Before you depart for your trip, take one last tour of your home to make sure everything is in order. Pay close attention to all entry points, like windows and doors.
Test them to verify that they are shut and locked. It’s easy to overlook an unlocked door or window while hurrying to pack bags and take care of last-minute chores.
Taking these steps can increase security, safety, and energy efficiency in your living space while you are away. If you have electrical issues, seek professional advice before leaving for an extended time. Visit Connect Electric
to learn more about hiring an electrician before a vacation.