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Home Checklist Before Going Out-Of-Town for the Holidays

Posted by Jordan on Nov 6, 2014 11:05:03 AM

7 Home Checklist Items to Prepare For Holiday Traveling

If you have plans to get out of town during the upcoming holiday season, happy trails! Most of us cherish
the opportunity to visit friends and relatives, or simply explore new places, but leaving your home alone can cause some concerns – like frozen pipes, power surges, or even burglars. So before you pack up and leave, here are a few things you should do to make sure your home is winterized and ready for your absence.Holiday Traveling

Water Supply

Make sure your outside water spigots are drained and the water source is shut off. This will help avoid frozen water pipes and a potentially huge headache and mess when you return.

Reset Thermostat

Heating an empty house is a big waste of energy and money. Turn down your thermostat at least 10-degrees, depending on furnace type, and then program it to warm up for you in time for your return. That’s one of the benefits of a programmable thermostat – if you don’t have one, get one!

Reset Water Heater

Turn the temp down on your water heater as well, to conserve energy while you’re away.


Most things in your home should be unplugged while you’re on vacation – your TVs, computers, microwave oven, toaster, lights and lamps. They use energy even if they’re not turned on, but still plugged in.


Make sure all your windows are shut and locked, as well as all doors or separate entrances. This not only ensures you aren’t wasting energy, but your home is safe and secure.

Leave a Light On

Leaving one light on won’t use a ton of energy and it’s a good idea from a home-security perspective. Using a timer system to simulate someone coming home and going to bed is even better.

Clean Refrigerator

It might not help with home energy consumption, but it’s just a good idea to clean out the fridge before leaving town. Toss anything that’ll likely go bad. You don’t want to come home to a rotten smell in the house.

Following these simple home tips makes sense no matter how long you’ll be gone - for a weekend away or a month-long trip. You’ll save energy and money and come back to a safe, organized and efficient home. For any household system issues that require an expert, be sure to contact a local Minnesota heating and cooling expert today to get started on your holiday preparations.

Safe travels!


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