Here’s a handy checklist:

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If you are leaving the electricity on at your cottage:
  • Go room to room and unplug any unnecessary electrical devices. Consider turning off the power supply to major appliances or space heaters at the main panel.

  • Remember to change the batteries if using a digital thermostat to control your electric furnace or baseboard heaters. If your batteries are dead, power outages and restorations can reset the thermostat to a setting of 20 to 22⁰C. It is likely this setting is much higher than your chosen setting and will result in an unexpected high bill.


If you are turning off the electricity at your cottage:
  • Go room to room to turn off and unplug all electrical devices before flipping the main power switch. 

  • Drain the plumbing system to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.

  • Drain your water tank. Just remember to turn off the power supply to the water heater first to avoid damaging the heating element.

  • Leave the door to the refrigerator ajar to avoid a foul smell in the spring. Remove all food from the refrigerator and cupboards.

  • Ensure all windows are closed and the fireplace damper is shut tightly to prevent animals from getting inside during the winter.  

  • Store extension cords in rodent-proof containers. Check all cords for damage before using them again in the spring. 

  • Take photos of each room and outside the cottage just in case there’s damage during the winter and you need to file a claim with your insurance company. 

Find more information about opening and closing your seasonal residence here