Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Muskogee and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what is left behind, your home. The Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. team has some tips that will work to keep your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you go on a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an inexpensive way to make your home look as though someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart idea to program your lights to correspond 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 out of town letting you know that everything at home is perfect. Wait to share - We aren’t going to say not to share photos of your awesome trip on social media, but try to hold off until after you make it home to post photos of your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your plans. 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 easier 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 save some energy while you’re out of town is to unplug a couple 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 on vacation 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 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 review additional energy saving tips, give Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. in Muskogee a call at 918-682-8238 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.