Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Olathe and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning team has some helpful advice that will help 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 a low cost way to make your home look as though you’re still home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a wise idea to program your lights to coincide 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 relief than a text while you’re you’re on vacation letting you know that everything at home is just fine. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your awesome trip on social media, but try to put it off until after you make it home to post information about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason 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 device is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to conserve energy while you’re away is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may not have thought of unplugging is your garage door. It will cut back on energy and it will also be another safeguard for your home. Adjust the thermostat - If you’re out of town 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 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 Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe a call at 913-432-3342 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.