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Summer Vacation Tips

Water Valves

Vacations are exciting . . . most people look forward to them for months! Some vacations require a lot of planning, packing, and anticipation, while others are spontaneous last-minute deals. Regardless of your preference, there are a few things everyone should do before they leave their house for an extended length of time.

The first, and most important, is to shut off your main water source. If there's a leak in your house, it could cause damage while you're away . . . too many people have come home to a flood. Shutting off your water will prevent this, and possibly save you money.

Here's a example of what most water shut-offs look like. Usually, they can be found by the hot water tank or furnace. In older homes, they can be found in the front stairwell or in the front of the house.

Second, you can save energy by turning off all the pilot lights in your house. If you live in an older house, your furnace likely has a pilot light that costs money to run (mid and higher-efficiency furnaces do not have pilot lights). Gas fireplaces also have pilot lights that should be shut off. *Please note that pilot lights can be turned off for a few months if you don't usually use your heat in the summer. This would help you save even more money!

Finally, make sure everything unnecessary is unplugged. Things like lamps, blow dryers, fans, and microwaves are all best unplugged when you are not going to be home. Not only will this save energy, it will also save you money.

Hopefully these tips will keep your house safe and sound while you're relaxing . . . have fun!

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