Green Tip: 4 Things to do Before You Leave on Vacation

Are you going out of town during the fall months?  Have a fabulous road trip or getaway planned? I am so jealous.

Don’t forget to do these simple green things before you leave on vacation.

#1: Adjust the thermostat accordingly and turn down the temperature on your hot water heater.
#2: Unplug all appliances that you won’t be using while you are away, such as your coffee maker, microwave, washer, dryer, lamps, TV’s etc;
#3: Put your home lights on a timer or have a neighbor stop in and turn the lights on/off, instead of leaving the lights on the entire time you are gone. Burglars are keen on this too, they realize if your porch lights are on all day and night, chances are, you are out of town.

#4: Put a hold on your mail. This will save the post office, UPS and FedEx from having to drive to your home – this is especially effective if you live in a rural area.

YOUR TURN: What are your fall vacation plans? What are your green vacation tips?

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8 Responses to Green Tip: 4 Things to do Before You Leave on Vacation

  1. JennTRC July 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    great tips! 🙂

  2. Sweet Greens July 16, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Hi Jenn, I am glad you like them. xo

  3. Kara Witham July 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    These are good tips, and the light tip is good for the safety as well. For the summer, my husband and I are going to stick around Chicago. The city has a lot going on in the summertime. We usually take our vacation in February to escape the winter!

  4. Sweet Greens July 16, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    Hi Kara, We usually take a trip in February to somewhere warm too.

  5. Audrey July 17, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    Good morning!! I have an award for you on my blog. Please come and get it.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Sweet Greens July 17, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Audrey,
    Thank you for the award, I truely appreciate it.

  7. Lisbon Accommodations July 20, 2009 at 9:47 am #


    Everyone loves going to a vacation. It is a good activity or bonding with family and friends. It is very to check on the things you need to bring. Start with the most useful like clothes, toiletries and stuff you need. Select a vacation bag that is comfortable for your belongings and also comfortable for you to bring.

  8. Sweet Greens July 20, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Lisbon Accomodations,
    I agree, it makes vacation a lot more fun when you are prepared.

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