Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Litchfield Park 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 you’re leaving behind, your home. The Cooler Tymes LLC team has some tips that will help 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 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 correspond with your usual 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 out of town letting you know that everything at home is just fine. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your amazing trip on social media, but try to hold off until after you are back to post information about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your itinerary. Everyone will be just as enchanted by the amazing 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 device 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 overlook 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 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 Cooler Tymes LLC in Litchfield Park a call at 623-206-6770 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.