20 Jul '12, 1pm

Headed out of town this weekend? Here are 5 steps to eco-prep your home before you leave:

Headed out of town this weekend? Here are 5 steps to eco-prep your home before you leave:

Heading off on a summer road trip , international adventure or family vacay this month? Don’t forget to prep your home before you hit the open road! To lend a helping hand, Earth911 compiled this simple checklist of things to do to save energy, water and waste while you’re out of the house. Tip: In most cases, shutting your thermostat off completely is ideal when leaving for vacation. But if you live in an especially hot climate, you may want to program your thermostat to a very low setting to avoid heat damage to your home while you're away. Photo: Alexandra Vietti, Earth911 1. Set your temperature The most obvious way to save energy and shrink your footprint while away from home is to power down the thermostat. Many programmable models have “vacation” or “away” settings to make saving easier, but you can cut energy costs even without these features. In most cases, shutti...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2012/07/20/5-steps-to-prep-your-...

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