Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation Posted March 16, 2015 Technology With warmer days beginning to seem a little more realistic and the hope of spring in the Columbia air, many people are already daydreaming about the vacations they have planned in the upcoming months. So as those trips begin to get a little closer and you kickoff your spring break prep, be sure to get your home ready for you to be gone. From energy savings to safety considerations, keep these few tips in mind as you leave for a little rest and relaxation. Invest in timers – getting timers for your lights gives you the opportunity to make it look as though you’ve never left. Adding timers to a couple lights around your house and setting them to follow your normal schedule can make it look as though you’re just going about your everyday business, throwing off would-be criminals. Consider a sitter – whether it’s a friend or a family member, consider having someone drop by to check on your house while you’re away. And just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean that you’re out of the weeds when it comes to maintaining your home. That’s why it’s helpful to have a house sitter keep an eye on things. Plus, it also gives you the opportunity to take advantage of some energy savings by having them ensure your thermostat is off and everything is sealed up tight. Think before you share – before you go posting from the airport that you’re off to Jamaica for a few days, think about whether it’s necessary to post such a thing. After all, it doesn’t just tell your friends and family that you’re not home, but also alerts potential criminals that you’re gone. Stop the mail – a simple, but effective way to ward off criminals. Plus, you can put a hold on your mail online now, making it really easy to do even if you forget before boarding your plane. Pull the plug – by now most people know that electricity is still being used even when something isn’t being used, so why not unplug your smaller electronic devices while you’re away? It’s an easy way to increase energy savings, and when you unplug your garage door, it can also help protect your home. Adjust your thermostat – it’s another way to boost your energy savings and makes a ton of sense. Turning your thermostat to a setting such as vacation mode keeps you from paying for heating and cooling while you’re gone too. And with all of the digital thermostats available, you could easily arrange for your thermostat to have your home back to optimal comfort as you head back home. Of course these aren’t the only ways to make the most of energy savings or keep your home secure, but they’re easy to add to your spring break prep list. So if you have any questions about these tips or are interested in maintaining complete home comfort with a new thermostat, give Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning in Columbia a call at 601-272-8497.