Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Baltimore 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 stays behind, your home. The Quality Refrigeration team has some recommendations 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 a low cost 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 typical schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a trusted 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 fabulous sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you are back to post anything about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so no sense 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 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 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 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 protecting your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore a call at 410-355-6010 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.