What to do before you go
Guard against frozen pipes and leaks
The last thing you want to come home to after a relaxing vacation is a burst pipe or water leak. Water expands when it freezes, so if you live in an area where sustained sub-zero temperatures are a possibility, remove any water that's left in your pipes if possible. To do this for your indoor pipes, turn off your water supply, open all the faucets and flush your toilets to clear all the water from the bowl.
Unplug and save while away
Before you leave, disconnect all devices that draw standby power such as your TV, computer and small kitchen appliances. To help always-on appliances like your fridge and freezer run more efficiently, fill the empty spaces with jugs of water so they don't have to work as hard to keep the empty space cool.
Turn the heat down – but not off
While it's tempting to turn your heat right off, winter temperatures in many areas of B.C. are low enough to risk frozen pipes and/or mildew issues when the in-house temperature gets too low. Instead, set your thermostat to 16°C (61°F). If it's going to be really cold, consider shutting off the main water valve and draining your pipes before you leave.
Turn down the water heater
For electric heaters, set to the lowest temperature or turn off at the breaker. For gas, turn it off or use the vacation setting.