There’s nothing more than these sub-zero temperatures to make you decide to book a vacation to a warmer clime. Before you go, make sure you’ve covered your bases to keep your home safe from the cold, with these pre-trip tips from Darren MacDonald, regional operations manager at Reliance. Furnace check: “If you haven’t done so already, schedule a furnace check-up to ensure your furnace is working properly. A qualified technician can ensure that burners and filters are clean and dust-free and confirm that the furnace is operating safely.” Temperature control: “Thermostats should be set lower (approximately: 16C or 60F) to save energy. Do not set your thermostat below 15C to prevent damaging your furnace and to keep pipes and appliances from freezing.” Get unplugged: “Disconnect minor appliances (i.e. computers, toaster ovens, coffee makers, etc.) to avoid using energy while you’re gone and protect them from electrical surges in the event of a winter power outage. An automatic timer for lights can help conserve energy while also giving the appearance of someone being home.“ Between the pipes: “Turning off the main water supply can mean the difference between a small drip and a majo...