Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Abilene and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Abilene Air-Tech Inc team has some tips that will work to 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 someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a good idea to program your lights to correspond with your typical schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a dependable 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 you’re on vacation 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 fabulous trip on social media, but try to put it off until after you return to post anything about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your plans. 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 as simple as 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. A simple way to cut back on energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may not think of 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 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 safeguarding your home this season or want to review additional energy saving tips, give Abilene Air-Tech Inc in Abilene a call at 325-692-5850 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.