Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Marshalltown and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re sorting through what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The B & G HVAC team has some helpful advice that will work to 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 a low cost 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 usual schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a reliable 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 away letting you know that everything at home is as it should be. Wait to share - We aren’t going to say not to share photos of your amazing sabbatical on social media, but try to put it off until after you make it home to post information about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason 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. An effortless 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 save you energy and it will also be another safeguard for your home. Adjust the thermostat - If you’re not going to be home 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 comfort level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some easy 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 discuss additional energy saving tips, give B & G HVAC in Marshalltown a call at 641-752-3429 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.