Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Safford and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re sorting through what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The B&D Air Conditioning team has some tips that will assist in keeping your home protected and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an economical way to make your home look 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 correspond 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 comfort 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 fabulous sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you are back to post information 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 fantastic 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. An effortless way to save some energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a few 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 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 comfort level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some painless tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, 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 B&D Air Conditioning in Safford a call at 928-432-6018 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.