With seven in ten Britons actively planning a staycation experts at money.co.uk have offered advice on the top checks to do before locking up the house and heading off on holiday.
Researchers believe UK holidays will have their busiest year ever this summer with 71% of us planning our staycations.
But while most Brits won’t be heading to the airport this summer they are still being encouraged to carry out some simple checks to make sure their home is lovely to return to.
Typical home checks include turning off plugs and adjusting the thermostat to save energy and money. But, there are other things that can be done to keep our homes safe while we’re away.
Ben Gallizzi, energy expert from money.co.uk said: “There are several checks we should be doing before we leave our house for long periods of time to save energy and keep our homes safe.
“One way to keep your home safe is to make it look as though someone is home from the outside by doing small things like leaving a car parked on the drive or setting some lights on timers to come on for a couple of hours each day.
“Things like turning down the thermostat will help you save energy and money too. It’s good to leave it on so your boiler gets a good run every now and then but there’s no need for your house to keep warming up and cooling down all day if no one’s there.”
UK holidays hacks – Adjust the thermostat
Before leaving, it’s worth turning your heating off or at least adjusting the temperature of the thermostat a few degrees to save energy and stop your home from heating up too much with no one there.
UK holidays hacks – Switch off plugs
A TV left on standby for a few days can waste more electricity than you think. Ensure all of your plugs are turned off before leaving the home. Of course, there are some exceptions such as the fridge and freezer plug, these should be kept on.
To be extra safe it’s also a good idea to unplug some items altogether.
UK holidays hacks – Make your home look lived in
One of the easiest ways to keep your home safe is to make it look lived in while you’re away.
One way to do this is to set some lights on a timer. A lot of people have their lights connected to their smartphones and can switch their lights on and off no matter where they are.
An alternative solution is to buy a plug in timer switch and connect it up to a lamp. You can then set the timer to come on for a couple of hours each day to make it look like someone’s home. Just don’t forget to leave the switch on for the plug in timer so it works.
UK holidays hacks – Consider house watchers
If you have any trustworthy family, friends or neighbours nearby, it may be worth letting them know you’re away so they can keep an eye out for anything that may look suspicious.
You may even want to give someone you trust a key so they can pop in and check that everything is alright and even collect any newspapers or deliveries that may be piling up which could easily indicate you have an empty home.
UK holidays hacks – Lock up
This may seem like an obvious one but make sure you have locked up before leaving.
This doesn’t just mean lock your front door and go, it involves checking any back doors and bedroom and bathroom windows that may be open. While you’re doing this you may want to close your blinds and curtains too to prevent anyone from being able to see directly into your home.
Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to lock any side entrances to your house as well like garden gates.