Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Colorado Springs and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Mitchell Heating 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 inexpensive 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 wise idea to program your lights to sync up with your typical schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a dependable 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 awesome sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you return 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 excited about the fantastic 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 appliance is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to save some energy while you’re away is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may not have thought of 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 need 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 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 Mitchell Heating in Colorado Springs a call at 719-596-6677 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.