Summer has nearly arrived! That means the kids are out of school, the weather is warming up, and you finally have time to use your paid time off from work! If you’re looking for tips to make the most of your summer, whether you’re at home or going on vacation, keep reading!
Prep Your Home for Vacation
Before hopping on that airplane, keep these steps in mind to get your home ready for your absence.
Adjust the Temperature
There’s no need to keep the house cool while you’re out of town. We recommend bumping the thermostat up to about 80 degrees. This temperature will save you money on your energy bill without killing all of your houseplants.
Unplug Small Appliances and Electronics
Unplug all of your small appliances like the coffee maker, toaster, and air fryer. You won’t need them at the ready if you’re not home, and this will prevent these energy vampires from costing you money while they’re not even in use.
Set the Water Heater to Vacation Mode
You won’t need hot water at the ready if you’re not at home, so turn your water heater to its vacation setting. Most models have this option, and it will keep your water at a lower temperature so that you’re not wasting money on unused hot water.
Turn off the Water Supply
To prevent any major water disasters such as a burst pipe, we recommend shutting off your home’s main water supply, especially if you’re going on a long vacation.
Stay Cool All Summer
Of course, you can always rely on your air conditioner to do this job, but here are some out-of-the-box ways to keep the temperatures cool and comfortable this summer.
Throw a Pool Party
Whether it’s in your backyard pool or at the neighborhood pool, a pool party is a great way to socialize with family and friends without overheating! If it’s in the backyard, make sure your outdoor kitchen is ready for hosting by getting the kitchen sink maintain and the drain cleared out!
Make Your Own Ice Cream
Of course, you could always go to the nearest ice cream shop for a delicious scoop, but where’s the fun in that? This summer, try making your own ice cream with this four-ingredient recipe:
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups half-and-half cream
- 1 cup sugar
- Two teaspoons vanilla extract
Don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of making your own ice cream? That’s totally fine! Try making an ice cream sundae bar instead! Layout a few different ice cream flavors on a table with a bunch of toppings for your family and friends to choose from.
How do you plan on spending this summer with your family? We’d love to hear your ideas.
To enjoy the outdoors more fully, make sure that your home’s outdoor plumbing is in tip-top shop! If you need assistance with this, we’re the team to call, and we look forward to helping you and your family have a summer to remember forever! Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team through our website or via this number: (804) 214-2077 for all of your home plumbing needs!