Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Erie and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re sorting through what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Patterson & Stirling Inc team has some helpful advice 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 an inexpensive way to make your home appear 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 coincide 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 comfort 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 fabulous sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post information about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your itinerary. 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 save some energy while you’re out of town is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may not think of 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 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 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 Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie a call at 814-833-5558 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.