Beyond the Diag - Off Campus Housing

Hey Wolverines! Thanksgiving Break is just around the corner, so as you prepare to leave town for the holiday, make sure you follow these steps:

  1. Unplug non-essential items like lamps, TVs, or non-essential kitchen appliances (keurigs, toasters, etc). By unplugging these items, you are saving energy and saving money on your energy bill because these items useunnecessary energy while they are plugged in.
  2. Take out garbage and recycling. It is not fun to come back to your home after a break and find it smelling like the spoiled food you ate a week ago. 
  3. Throw away food that will spoil over break. If you plan on being away from your space for over a week, it is a good idea to throw away milk, leftovers, or other food before they go bad.
  4. Lock up your space! Break-ins increase during long breaks, so protect your things by ensuring all windows and doors are locked before you go. Also, move valuable items out of the sight of windows or close your blinds so no one can look in.
  5. Turn your heat down low, but do NOT turn it off. 52-55 degrees is low enough that your energy bill will cost less, but it will also ensure that your pipes do not freeze and burst.
  6. Ask a friend that lives nearby to collect your mail, or ask for your mail to be held by the post office until you get back.
  7. Keep your car off the streets so that it does not get ticketed or towed if emergency vehicles or snow plows need to get through.
  8. Remember to pack your essential items like medication, contact lenses/glasses, clothing, and, of course, any homework you need to complete!