Check your stop taps
Find and label all your stop taps and valves and regularly check they're working.
Don't get left in the cold
Keep boilers regularly serviced.
Mind your meter
Read your meter regularly, as a higher than normal meter reading can be the first indication that there may be a leak on the pipe.
Drain your pipes
If you don't want the heating on, drain all pipework where possible, turn off your stop tap and, if you have a cold water tank, turn off the stopcock.
Stop that drip
Repair dripping taps and faulty washers.
Keep an eye on it
Arrange for someone to check on the premises regularly, where possible.
Shut it off
If your pipes freeze, turn off your stop tap and the stopcock in the cold water tank.