Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Hamilton 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 is left behind, your home. The Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC team has some tips 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 look as though someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart idea to program your lights to sync up 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 comfort than a text while you’re you’re on vacation letting you know that everything at home is as it should be. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your fabulous sabbatical on social media, but try to wait until after you make it home to post photos of your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as excited about the amazing 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. A simple way to conserve energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may overlook unplugging is your garage door. It will cut back on energy and it will also be another safeguard for your home. Adjust the thermostat - If you’re out of town there’s no need to keep your home heated and cooled to your comfort level. If you have a digital thermostat you can set the thermostat back to your ideal 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 securing your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC in Hamilton a call at 513-275-3601 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.