Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation

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Spring is in the air here in New Castle 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 Central Heating & Plumbing team has some tips that will work to 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 a low cost way to make your home appear as though you’re still 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 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 relief 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 say not to share photos of your amazing vacation on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post photos of your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your itinerary. Everyone will be just as enchanted by the amazing 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. An effortless 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 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 simple tips to add to your spring break prep list, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about protecting your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give Central Heating & Plumbing in New Castle a call at 724-658-7111.

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