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Winterize Your Home Before Your Vacation

Written on: December 20, 2021

6 tips to protect your home and save money

trip to do list wisconsinIf you’re one of the 47% of Americans who plan to travel this holiday season, you have some work to do before you go.

Whether you’re doing Christmas with the family, New Year’s on the ski slopes, or taking a vacation someplace warm, these tips will help you keep your home safe while cutting your energy costs.

Fill your propane tank

You still need to run your furnace or boiler and your water heater while you’re away. A full tank ensures that you won’t come home to a propane runout. Contact us to schedule a propane delivery.

If you frequently travel, or plan on becoming a snowbird to spend winters in warmer places like Florida or the Southwest, our wireless propane tank monitoring ensures your home will always have propane.

Program your thermostat

Set your thermostat to keep the temperature in your house at a constant 55°F until you return. That saves energy and money while ensuring that your home is sufficiently warm to safeguard the plumbing.
If you don’t have a programmable or smart thermostat, now is an excellent time to buy one! A smart thermostat is especially useful when on vacation. You can check your thermostat settings from anywhere with a signal and have the house warmed up before your return.

Tune up your heating system

While you are away, your house will still require heating. If your furnace or boiler stops working while you’re gone, the inside of your home may become cold enough to freeze and burst pipes. Make an appointment with a HVAC service professional so they can do a maintenance tune-up before you go.

Turn down the water heater

Water heating is the second-largest energy consumer in a home during the winter, behind home heating. It’s pointless to keep water hot when you’re not there. Set your water heater to “Vacation” or “Low.” Water heating makes up about 20% of your energy costs, so doing this can save you a lot of money!

Disconnect the energy vampires

The term “energy vampires” mean appliances and electronics that suck up energy even when you’re not using them. Disconnecting them before you leave for vacation is safer for your home and reduces your electricity usage, which will save you money.

The kitchen and bathroom are two of the most common locations for these energy vampires. Unplug small kitchen appliances like multicookers, coffeemakers, stand mixers, and toasters. In the bathroom, unplug electric toothbrushes and hair styling equipment.

Other items around your home to unplug include:

Keep us informed

If you are an Automatic Delivery customer and will be away for more than a few weeks, please notify us. We take into account your past usage as well as current weather when determining our delivery schedule. Notifying us of your absence helps us avoid making unneeded deliveries to your house.

Ask a neighbor, relative, or friend to check on your home regularly and see that the heating system is working properly and that the temperature indoors is at least 55˚. Give us their contact information so we may work with them if you need service while you’re away.

Hire someone to keep your driveway and path to your propane tank cleared so we can make deliveries if needed.

When it comes to dependable propane delivery, Boehlke Bottled Gas is the best in Southeastern Wisconsin! Become a customer today.