Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Buellton and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning team has some recommendations that will help keep your home protected and help save some money on your utility bills while you go on a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an economical way to make your home seem as though someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a good idea to program your lights to correspond with your typical schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a dependable friend or family member, ask them if they’d mind stopping by and [[checking in on|check up on|look over]18 the house while you’re away. There’s no greater peace of mind than a text while you’re out of town letting you know that everything at home is perfect. Wait to share - We aren’t going to tell you not to share photos of your amazing vacation on social media, but try to wait until after you make it home to post photos of your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as delighted by the wonderful things you saw after you safely return home. Hold the Mail - The USPS has made it more effortless than ever to put a hold on your mail you can do it online right now. Unplugged - If an electrical item is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to conserve energy while you’re away is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may not have thought of unplugging is your garage door. It will conserve energy and it will also be another safeguard for your home. Adjust the thermostat - If you’re on vacation there’s no sense keeping your home heated and cooled to your comfort level. If you have a digital thermostat you can set the thermostat back to your comfort level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some simple tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about safeguarding your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning in Buellton a call at 805-688-4018 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.