We know most of us don’t get summer vacation like we did when we were young. Still, more than half of Americans vacation during the summertime! While you enjoy your well-deserved escape from reality, you should know that you’re not spending unnecessary money at home. You can even earn some passive income too. Read on for some easy ways to save money at home while you’re on vacation this summer!
Turn Off Everything
Unless you have a housesitter, there’s no reason to be using electricity at home while you’re on vacation. Besides your fridge and HVAC system, nothing else needs to be on! Go through your home and turn off every light and appliance. If you’re going away for more than a few days and you don’t mind reprogramming the clocks, you can even unplug the appliances that use standby power, like your TV, wireless printer, cable box and more.
Clean Out Your Fridge
In the days leading up to your trip, look through your fridge for food that might spoil while you’re gone. Eat those organic blueberries, drink that fresh green juice and finish up that leftover pad thai from takeout Tuesday. Anything you can’t eat? Toss it or give it away. No one likes coming home to a smelly refrigerator!
Switch Off the Water Main
If you live in a house, it’s probably a good idea to shut off your water main. Not only will this save you money by preventing any incidental or accidental uses of water, but it will also make sure you don’t come home to an unpleasant plumbing surprise. A burst pipe or water main is enough of a headache while your home. It can be a downright disaster while you’re gone. Watch this video to learn how to do it yourself or call your local water company to do it for you. If you live in an apartment, don’t turn off the water main unless you want your neighbors to go without water! It’s easy and better to turn off just your toilet or any leaky faucets.
Rent Out Your Parking Space
Don’t want to list your home on Airbnb while you’re gone? Renting out your parking space is the next best way to make a little passive income during vacation. With Pavemint, you can set up a listing for your space in minutes and get personalized support from the Customer Care Team. You decide when your space will be available and whether to charge by the day or the hour.
Double Check Your Doors and Windows
As you’re getting ready to head out the door for the last time, go through your home and double check all your doors and windows. Close and lock them if they’re open. If you find a window that doesn’t latch properly, you can use a stick, a ruler or even the right mixing spoon to prevent it from opening while you’re gone.
Ask a Friend to Stop In
Finally, just to make sure everything is in order while you’re gone, ask a reliable friend to check in every other day or so. Make sure you give them a key and tell them where the power, water and gas valves are located in case of an emergency.
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More than half of Americans vacation during the summertime! Here are some easy ways to save money at home while you’re on vacation this summer.