Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Longview and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what is left behind, your home. The Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. team has some recommendations that will work to keep your home secure 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 look 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 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 out of town letting you know that everything at home is perfect. Wait to share - We aren’t going to tell you not to share photos of your fabulous sabbatical on social media, but try to wait until after you return to post photos of your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as enchanted 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 item is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. A simple way to conserve energy while you’re out of town is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may not have thought 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 out of town 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 comfort level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some painless 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 Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview a call at 903-758-0701 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.