Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation

March 16, 2015

Spring is in the air here in Chadron and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The MPC Heating & Cooling team has some helpful advice that will work to keep your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

  • Install Timers - Timers are a low cost 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 good idea to program your lights to sync up with your typical 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 perfect.
  • Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your amazing vacation on social media, but try to hold off until after you are back to post anything about your trip. Family and friends most likely 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 more effortless 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. A simple way to cut back on energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may not have thought of 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 out of town 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 ideal level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home.

These are some easy tips to add to your spring break prep agenda, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about safeguarding your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron a call at 308-832-4321.