Vacations are what everyone looks forward to, but they also require lots of preparation and precautions to protect your home while you are away. One of the decisions to make is whether or not to unplug your appliance for the time that you spend away from them. Here are some things to have in mind:
- Preventing energy waste – any appliance left plugged when not in use wastes a little energy, therefore unplugging unused appliances, whether you leave the home for a longer period or you just don’t use them for a day or two, is a great way to prevent energy bleeding a Centennial electrician say;
- Reducing the risk of accidents – appliances that are plugged, but unused for over a week also increase the risk of electrical fires, so they are better disconnected;
- The fridge has a special status – if you are leaving for less than 10 days, you don’t have to unplug your fridge, especially if it is a unit that also has a deep freezing compartment packed full. However, do take a look at the contents of your fridge before you leave and get rid of anything quickly perishable, such as fresh vegies, especially leafy varieties, cheese and cold cuts – these things will not survive until you get back home and they can start spreading bacteria in the fridge.