Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what is left behind, your home. The Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. team has some recommendations 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 appear 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 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 relief than a text while you’re out of town letting you know that everything at home is just fine. Wait to share - We aren’t going to say not to share photos of your amazing trip on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post photos of 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 excited about the wonderful 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 effortless way to cut back on energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may overlook unplugging is your garage door. It will save you 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 comfort 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 talk about additional energy saving tips, give Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio a call at 419-592-4756 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.