Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Pinellas County and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc team has some tips that will work to keep your home secure and help save some money on your utility bills while you go on a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an inexpensive 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 regular schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a trusted 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 away letting you know that everything at home is just fine. Wait to share - We aren’t going to tell you not to share photos of your fabulous vacation on social media, but try to put it off until after you make it home to post anything about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as excited about the fantastic things you saw after you safely return home. Hold the Mail - The USPS has made it easier than ever to put a hold on your mail you can do it online right now. Unplugged - If an electrical appliance is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An effortless way to cut back on energy while you’re away is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may not think of 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 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 painless tips to add to your spring break prep list, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about securing your home this season or want to review additional energy saving tips, give Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County a call at 727-398-5515 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.