Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Show Low and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. 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 Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. team has some tips that will work to 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 appear as though you’re still home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart idea to program your lights to sync up with your typical 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 amazing sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you make it home to post anything about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as delighted by the amazing things you saw after you safely return home. Hold the Mail - The USPS has made it more effortless than 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 away is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may overlook 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 reason 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 ideal level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some easy tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, 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 Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. in Show Low a call at 928-537-1803 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.