Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Saint Peters and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re sorting through what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what is left behind, your home. The C-N-O Comfort Zone team has some recommendations that will help 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 seem as though someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a wise idea to program your lights to sync up 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 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 ask you not to share photos of your fabulous trip on social media, but try to wait until after you are back to post information about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your itinerary. 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 more effortless 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. An easy way to cut back on energy while you’re out of town is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may overlook 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 need 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 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 talk about additional energy saving tips, give C-N-O Comfort Zone in Saint Peters a call at 636-578-1777 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.