Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Carson City and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Anderson Heating & A/C team has some recommendations 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 a low cost way to make your home look as though you are home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a good idea to program your lights to sync up with your regular 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 as it should be. Wait to share - We aren’t going to say not to share photos of your fabulous sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you are back to post photos of your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in 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 easier 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 not think of 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 out of town 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 usual level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some simple 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 talk about additional energy saving tips, give Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City a call at 775-882-8154 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.