Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Dresden and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re sorting through what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The McFadden Heating & Cooling team has some tips that will work to keep your home safe 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 seem as though you’re still 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 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 comfort than a text while you’re out of town letting you know that everything at home is as it should be. Wait to share - We aren’t going to tell you 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 anything about your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as delighted 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 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 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 usual level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some simple tips to add to your spring break prep agenda, 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 McFadden Heating & Cooling in Dresden a call at 1-866-781-0111 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.