If you’re going away for a few weeks, there’s no need to keep your home toasty warm during the winter months. But you also do not want to turn off the heat entirely in your house. The ideal temperature at which to set your thermostat for energy efficiency and to protect your pipes and appliances is 50 degrees. Also, lower the blinds to keep the windows insulated. And if you can, plan to eat everything in your fridge prior to leaving. Empty it, turn it off completely and leave the doors open to let it air out. This one step will conserve a significant amount of energy.
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