To heat or not to heat an empty flat in winter
We got back from a week in our new appartamento in Lunigiana last night. Didn't see much sun in Italy, but the weather was mild, and when we threw open the kitchen window shutters on the second morning of our holiday it was to see snow had fallen on the tops of the mountains. An amazing sight for us who are not used to having mountains on our doorstep! The locals say snow has come early this year. We noticed over the following few days the snowline became lower.On Tuesday we went down to Portovenere for a walk along the seafront, and it was a beautiful sight viewing the snow capped mountains glistening in the bright light across the bay. There were very few people about, most shops were closed, but best of all we were able to get a parking space right in town instead of miles away as is the case in summer.When we locked up the flat to come home there was a decision to make. Should we leave the heating on low or turn everything off for safety? We are in a valley, not up in the mountains, and the property is modern, not made of stone. All but two of the other seven flats have absent owners for the winter and their utility meters indicate that everything is turned off, so perhaps weather conditions are not expected to become too extreme. What's best? Heating, electricity and water on or off?