pixfly/Shutterstock Before you unplug from the daily grind, unplug the energy vampires in your home, including all the kitchen countertop appliances, TV’s, DVD players, etc. that suck up electricity when you’re not using them. If you really want to save energy and money on your electric bill, buy advanced power strips. The strip will prevent electronics from using power when not in use.
Make sure Max and Fluffy are in good hands
Africa Studio/Shutterstock It’s not always possible to take our furry friends along on vacation but you can relax, with a little prep. You have to love the independence of cats. An automated litter box and feeders make it very easy for Fluffy to be comfy while you’re away, but it’s a smart idea to have a trusted friend or family member check in on to make sure they haven’t locked themselves into the basement or run out of food because the feeder got jammed. Dogs, on the other hand can get anxious or scared when left behind or may need more supervision. If you leave your dog at home with a sitter or someone who will be checking in on him, write down your dog’s schedule, how much food he eats and any regular habits (short walks during the day, long one before bed) or quirks (is fond of unrolling the toilet paper) the sitter should be aware of. Don’t forget to leave the vet’s number in the event your pup gets sick. Check out these 10 mistakes you should avoid to keep your vacation stress-free.