Alert

Make sure your home is secure

Before you go away for a vacation, make sure your house is secure. Do not advertise your vacation on social media. No need to tip off any bad people out there. Stop mail and newspaper delivery, another clear sign people are away. Let a trusted neighbor know you will be away and ask them to keep an eye on your place. Use timers to turn lights on and off to simulate someone being home.

Give your home a vacation

Give your home a vacation when you are on one. Put the thermostat in an away mode, draw the shades to reduce solar gain, turn off room fans, be sure lights are off except any used for security purposes, and turn off gaming consoles/AV equipment except those DVRs that are capturing your favorite programs while you are away.