If you’re planning a big summer vacation or even just a weekend getaway, you probably have a list of tasks to get your home ready for your absence. But it’s not enough to just to turn off the lights, turn off the air conditioner and stop the mail — your household plumbing Mint Hill, NC system needs some quick-and-easy preparation as well.

Save Energy, Save Water

An added bonus to any summer vacation is the savings you’ll reap from leaving your home unoccupied. Not using your household lights, appliances and electronics for several days can make a big difference in your electrical bill, and you may also see a difference in your water bill while you’re showering in hotels and letting restaurants do the dishes.

But with a few more small adjustments, you can extend those savings even more. If you have an automatic ice maker in your freezer, for instance, shutting it off before you leave will help you save a little extra water. And if you have a water softening system, shutting that down will conserve energy and water softening salt.

The biggest savings potential comes from your hot water heater, however. The water heater consumes more energy than most of the appliances in your home, but if there’s no one home to take hot showers, there’s no need to keep it running. What’s more, if you shut off your main water supply and water leaks or siphons out of the water heater tank by any means, the heating element could burn out if it continues heating an empty tank.

The easiest way to shut down your water heater for vacation is to turn it off at the main breaker switch. Some modern water heaters also have a “vacation” setting on the heat control dial.

If you need help with this task or any other plumbing prep for your summer vacation, be sure to schedule an appointment with a trusted plumber from H&H Plumbing right away!