As kids it seemed liked it took forever for this magical month to arrive. I can still remember the excitement building as school started, then Halloween, then Thanksgiving because each one brought you even closer to Christmas.
As adults, it seems like it was just Christmas a few weeks ago. You mean it is time to decorate again? And shop for presents? And make a ton, and I do mean a ton of food? It is that time already???
Don’t get me wrong, I get into the Christmas spirit maybe more than most people and I enjoy looking at all the holiday lights and decorations just as much as little ones. I just feel like it sure does come around faster than it use to and the days to get all the shopping and cooking done just don’t seem to last long enough for me. Maybe that shows my age.
With all the running around we have to do, many of us also pack in some road trips to get together with friends and family. If this is you and you will be traveling this month, it is important to remember to leave your house in a safe condition.
Some things to remember when traveling:
- Unplug all your electronic items – everything from TV’s & computers to hairdryers and Christmas lights with the exception of course of your refrigerator and deep freezer if you have one. Everything else doesn’t need to stay plugged in. Your toaster, your lamps, your chargers for this and that…all of those items that are plugged in but are not in use are actually using energy by being plugged in even though you are not currently using them. This will not only save you a little money while you are away, but it will also help to protect these items from damage if there was a power surge.
- Make sure all your windows and doors are closed AND locked.
- Close all your curtains and blinds. This not only prevents cold air from coming in, it also prevents anyone from being able to see into your home to know what you have and whether or not you are there.
- Turn your thermostat down. As long as you are not leaving any pets behind that need the extra warmth, it certainly will save you money and will not hurt your belongings to lower the temperature while you are away.
- This is one people rarely think about – turn down your water heater. If you are out of town for at least 2 days there is really no reason for your tank-style water heater to keep heating up water. Do remember to turn it back up as soon as you get home though, it will take a few hours to heat your water and no one enjoys a cold shower!
If you are traveling with children just getting everyone packed and in the car is a small miracle. I would not be surprised if a few families have had an actual HOME ALONE experience of their own with a loaded down car, a few screaming kids, the stress of the holidays and a grouchy spouse who could blame you if you forgot a child? Hopefully you would remember them before leaving the driveway though!
Call Carmine’s today at 203-791-8089 for all of your heating and plumbing needs. Safe travels everyone!