Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in the Upper Rio Grande Valley and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Cytech Heating & Cooling team has some tips that will help keep your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are a low cost way to make your home seem 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 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 peace of mind than a text while you’re out of town letting you know that everything at home is just fine. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your fabulous sabbatical on social media, but try to put it off until after you return to post photos of your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so no sense 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 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 conserve energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may not think of 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 not going to be home there’s no sense keeping 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 list, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about safeguarding your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Cytech Heating & Cooling in the Upper Rio Grande Valley a call at 956-630-3522 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.