Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Dallas 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 stays behind, your home. The Tri County Air Care LLC team has some helpful advice that will help keep your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you revel in a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are a low cost way to make your home look as though you’re still home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart 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 relief than a text while you’re you’re on vacation letting you know that everything at home is just fine. Wait to share - We aren’t going to say not to share photos of your awesome vacation on social media, but try to put it off until after you make it home to post information about your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as enchanted by the wonderful 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. A simple way to cut back on energy while you’re out of town is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may not think of unplugging is your garage door. It will save you 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 usual level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some painless tips to add to your spring break prep agenda, 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 Tri County Air Care LLC in Dallas a call at 469-617-3437 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.