Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Plainfield and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The PWA Heating & Cooling Inc team has some recommendations that will assist in keeping your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you go on a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are a low cost way to make your home appear as though someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a wise idea to program your lights to coincide 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 peace of mind than a text while you’re out of town letting you know that everything at home is as it should be. Wait to share - We aren’t going to say not to share photos of your fabulous trip on social media, but try to put it off until after you are back to post information about your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so no sense 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 more effortless 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. A simple way to conserve energy while you’re away is to unplug some 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 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 comfort 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 discuss additional energy saving tips, give PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield a call at 815-768-6656 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.