LPT – When you’re going out of town for an extended time, place a bowl of ice cubes in your freezer. If you come back to a solid block, your freezer got warm enough to ruin your food.

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keepthetips

I have also heard of placing a penny on one of the ice cubes in a tray. We returned from a two week vacation and did not need to open the fridge to know it went out.

ferretkona

exactly how unreliable is the electricity where you live that this is a thing people would need to do? (where i live, we get an outage maybe once every couple of years during a major storm, and most of those last less than a half hour. worst outage in recent memory was due to hurricane sandy, which lasted 2 days. )

mlpr34clopper

SLPT: plug your sink and leave the water on when you leave town. If your house isn’t flooded when you get back you know the water went out.

to_tin_deathgrinder

We do the penny method. When I lived in the country the power was bad it would go out about a 1 time a month and more in the winter.

Tandian