Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Aurora and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Service Plus Mechanical team has some tips that will help 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 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 usual 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 peace of mind than a text while you’re away 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 wait until after you are back to post anything about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in 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 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. An effortless way to cut back on energy while you’re out of town is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may overlook unplugging is your garage door. It will conserve 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 simple 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 review additional energy saving tips, give Service Plus Mechanical in Aurora a call at 630-473-4749 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.