Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Paso Robles 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air team has some helpful advice that will help keep your home secure and help save some money on your utility bills while you revel in a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an economical way to make your home look 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 relief than a text while you’re you’re on vacation letting you know that everything at home is perfect. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your amazing sabbatical on social media, but try to put it off until after you are back to post information about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as excited about the amazing 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 appliance is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to save some energy while you’re out of town is to unplug a couple 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 ideal level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some easy tips to add to your spring break prep list, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about protecting your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give Paso Robles Heating and Air in Paso Robles a call at 805-238-7553 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.