5 Easy Ways to Keep Utility Bills Low While on Vacation
Is your family thinking about taking a vacation to say hello to summer? We want to make sure your time away is relaxing and full of great memories. Vacations should be a break from everyday worries, like high utility bills. Our technicians have compiled a few tips for homeowners to save money and avoid accidents while they are away:
Neighborhood Watch. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out while you are away. Let them know of any expected visitors, and make sure they have a house key, as well as current emergency contact information if they are watching your pets.
Go Green. By unplugging electronics and appliances while you are away, you will be helping the environment, saving money, and enjoying your vacation all at the same time!
Conserve Water. If you will be gone for an extended period of time, you may want to consider turning off your main water valve. Not only will you be doing your part to conserve water during a drought, but you will avoid coming home to an unexpected flood.
Vacation Mode. Many appliances, like water heaters, may have a vacation setting. Take advantage of this money-saving mode, and buy yourself a fun souvenir instead.
Turn Up the Heat. Make sure to set your thermostat to a higher temperature than usual, but one that is still safe for your pets and plants. Installing a programmable thermostat would be helpful, as it could adjust your home’s temperature throughout the day.
Routine Maintenance. We recommend scheduling an appointment with a technician during every season change, but it may be a good idea to schedule one before leaving on an extended trip in order to avoid repairs later.
By following this checklist prior to your departure, you can ensure that your time away will be fun-filled and budget-friendly. Gladd wants to make sure you have peace of mind while you are on vacation. If you would like to schedule a pre-vacation maintenance check, give us a call!