Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Franklin Lakes 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 Total Comfort team has some tips that will help keep your home secure and help save some money on your utility bills while you go on a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an economical way to make your home seem as though you’re still home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart idea to program your lights to coincide with your regular 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 peace of mind 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 awesome vacation on social media, but try to hold off until after you make it home 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 wonderful 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 appliance is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to conserve energy while you’re away is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may overlook unplugging is your garage door. It will conserve 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 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 usual level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some simple tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about protecting your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes a call at 201-891-1333 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.