Leaving your home for several weeks or even months means you should take steps to reduce waste while you're away. This is a good time to unplug energy hogs like refrigerators and freezers; just be sure they are empty and leave the doors open so they dry out completely. Turn off the main water supply; it may not save you money, but it'll give you peace of mind that there won't be a plumbing break. Turn off the electric water heater at the main breaker switch; there's no point in keeping water hot for weeks at a time if it's not being used. And switch off modems, cable boxes and small kitchen appliances by unplugging them.
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