Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Scottsboro and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. team has some tips that will work to keep your home protected and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an inexpensive 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 smart idea to program your lights to sync up with your regular schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a dependable 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 you’re on vacation 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 put it off until after you make it home to post information about your trip. Family and friends presumably 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 as simple as 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 cut back on energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may overlook 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 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 ideal 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 protecting your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro a call at 256-574-1300 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.