Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in West Palm Beach 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 is left behind, your home. The Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. team has some tips that will assist in keeping your home protected 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 seem as though someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart 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 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 amazing sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you are back to post photos of your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as enchanted 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 appliance 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 out of town 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 ideal level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some easy tips to add to your spring break prep agenda, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about securing your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. in West Palm Beach a call at 561-656-4255 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.