There are several easy steps for you to consider before you leave for a vacation:
· Program your thermostat to a low temperature (like 55 degrees) rather than completely turning it off. If your pipes get too cold, they could freeze and burst. You should have a "hold" setting so you don't have to lose all your current settings.
· Set your hot water heater to the "away" or "vacation" setting.
· If you want to leave lights on to make the house look "lived in," invest in a timer so the lights can go on and off automatically.