Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Bishop 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 is left behind, your home. The Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning team has some recommendations that will work to keep your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you revel in a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are a low cost way to make your home appear as though someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a wise idea to program your lights to coincide with your typical 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 comfort than a text while you’re away letting you know that everything at home is as it should be. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your awesome trip on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post anything 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 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 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 a few of your electronics. Something that you may overlook 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 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 securing your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning in Bishop a call at 760-784-9034 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.