If you're going to be away from home for a long period of time, it's a good idea to "power down" the home and cut waste to save money and energy. Go around the house and unplug major appliances like TVs, stereos, microwave ovens and even the refrigerator. Make sure the cable box, Wi-Fi and computers are completely unplugged from the wall sockets to stop trickle power, even if everything is turned off. Turn your water heater to the lowest setting possible and lower the thermostat, too. If you get a newspaper delivery, put a stop on delivery from the day you're gone to the day you're back.