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prep your home for your vacation absence

by:CBFI     2020-02-29
The holiday needs to be prepared, including scheduling flights, booking hotel rooms and looking for things to do.
It also includes preparing your home for your absence.
No matter how long you leave, whether it\'s a few days or months, here are the steps you can take to make your house safer and lower utilities. Short-
Term absence usually refers to a week or less. Air-
Air conditioning details: air conditioning
Tom Hines of Energy says air conditioning accounts for about half of your annual electricity bill.
Arizona expert in public service efficiency.
According to the Salt River Project, every time you turn on the thermostat, you will save you 2% of the cost of cooling. Short-
Term: turn the thermostat up to about 85 degrees.
Doing so can still protect your plants, furniture and other items without increasing your energy consumption. Long-
Term: turn the thermostat up again to about 85 degrees.
Ask a friend or neighbor you trust to water your plants.
Pool water pump details: If you have a pool, keep running the pump so that the pool does not produce algae or turn green. Short-
Semester: check your pool
Please pump the settings before you leave to make sure they are in the position you want.
Turn off the heating if you have a spa. Long-
Semester: do the above.
In addition, let the neighbors, friends or pool service check the pool regularly to ensure the pump is running properly.
Details: no one wants to return home from a relaxing holiday because the water pipes are leaking. Short-
Term: turn off water at main shutdown-
Close the valve unless some household items require it to remain open.
These items may include an ice maker, an automatic sprinkler system that does not have a separate shutdownThere is also a swimming pool. Long-
Semester: do the same thing.
When you are away, let the neighbors or friends turn on the water and turn on the tap at least once a month.
This will help prevent sewer gas from entering the house while you are away, and can prevent the part of the pipe fixture from drying or cracking.
In addition, let friends flush the toilet and run the dishwasher.
Water and details: Why heat the water with the electricity bill you won\'t use there?
Short term: set the temperature in \"Vacation\" mode.
Most newer water heaters are equipped with such settings.
The water heater runs occasionally, but not as frequently as it does normally. Long-
Semester: vacation mode.
Punctual plumber Benjamin Franklin\'s owner, Linda Steinfield, advised you not to turn it off while you were away, but to rinse it off when you came back.
One way to do this is to run the water heater to empty and then have it refill.
The toilet can collect bacteria, which can cause stains. Short-
Noun: pour half a cup of chlorine into a bowl (not the tank). Long-
Semester: do the same thing.
Let a friend flush the toilet regularly when you are away.
Lighting details: a house that is constantly dark inside and outside can signal thieves that no one is at home. Short-
Term: turn off all lights as a safety measure, except for the lights you want.
Put the safety light on the variable timer. Long-
Semester: do the above.
Make sure your safety light is equipped with CFL bulbs, energy efficient and longlasting.
Refrigerator details: Don\'t go home from a refrigerator full of spoiled food. Short-
Term: Throw away perishable foods such as milk that expire when you are away. Long-
Semester: clean up the refrigerator;
Either throw away the item or give it to the neighbor.
You have two choices.
First, unplug the refrigerator and keep the door open to prevent mildew, odor and mildew.
The other is to keep the refrigerator running.
However, don\'t let it be empty.
Fill the water with the bottle so it will run more efficiently.
Food storage room Project Details: leave the kitchen and food storage room to avoid calling the exterminator after you come back. Short-
Terms: Throw away open food bags and boxes (
Or for friends). Long-
Semester: do the same thing.
In addition, check the expiration date of the item not opened.
Throw away or donate unopened food (
Or, if you intend to keep them, put them in plastic bags to prevent pests. )
Courtyard details: a lawn that is not trimmed may be a sign of a thief indicating that you are not at home.
Depending on its appearance, it can also be considered withered. Short-
Term: Trim the lawn and trim shortly before the trip. Long-
Semester: arrange lawn service to take care of your landscape while you are away.
Other notes for any holiday--
Small appliances, computers, televisions: Unplug these items. --
Smoke detectors: make sure they are working. --
Security company: notify the company that you will leave if you have one. --
Processor/drain: run the processor.
Mix half a cup of vinegar with a glass of water and pour it down. --
Newspaper: delivery on vacation. --
Leak: check the leak before you leave.
Feel the valves under the tap to make sure they are not damp.
Fix any leaks. --
Email: Contact usS.
Postal service that puts your mail on hold for the time being.
If you intend to leave for a long time, arrange for your mail to be forwarded. --
Phone: Don\'t leave me a message saying you\'re out of town. --
Car: If you normally park your Car in the driveway and leave on a long trip, schedule a friend or relative to drive so it looks like you\'re using it (
So the spider web will not develop, which is a clear signal that no one is at home). --
Bank/credit card: please inform your bank and credit card if you plan to use a credit or debit card in the field, especially abroad-card company.
Provide the date you are going to and where you are going.
So they won\'t be surprised.
Or put one on your card.
When they saw allegations from abroad--
Emergency Contact: leave your contact details to friends or neighbors.
If you are not there, please include the name and contact information of the plumber, electrician, courtyard Service, Pool service or other contact person. --
Lock: make sure all your windows are closed and the doors are locked before you leave.
Phoenix region Source: Tom Hines, APS energy-
Efficiency experts;
Catherine maskanas of Kathleen energy
Spokesman for efficiency;
Nathan Morey, senior energy efficiency analyst at Nathan;
Linda Stanfield, owner of Ben Franklin, is a punctual plumber.
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