Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Belton 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 Bell Air Conditioning Inc. team has some tips that will work to keep your home protected and help save some money on your utility bills while you revel in 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 sync up with your usual 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 comfort 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 tell you not to share photos of your fabulous trip on social media, but try to put it off until after you are back to post information about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as delighted 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. An easy way to cut back on energy while you’re away is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may not think 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 not going to be home 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 usual 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 safeguarding your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton a call at 254-939-1141 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.