Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Madera and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. team has some helpful advice that will assist in keeping your home safe 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 you are home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a wise idea to program your lights to sync up with your regular 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 relief than a text while you’re out of town 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 awesome sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post photos of 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 wonderful things you saw after you safely return home. Hold the Mail - The USPS has made it as simple as 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 effortless way to cut back on energy while you’re out of town is to unplug a couple 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 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 ideal level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some simple tips to add to your spring break prep list, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about safeguarding your home this season or want to review additional energy saving tips, give Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera a call at 559-675-1681 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.