Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Winchester and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what is left behind, your home. The Thornberry Bros Inc team has some recommendations that will help keep your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an inexpensive way to make your home seem as though you’re still home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a good 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 away letting you know that everything at home is just fine. Wait to share - We aren’t going to tell you not to share photos of your amazing sabbatical on social media, but try to wait until after you return to post information about your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as delighted by 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 device is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. A simple way to cut back on energy while you’re away is to unplug a couple 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 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 painless tips to add to your spring break prep list, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about securing your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give Thornberry Bros Inc in Winchester a call at 859-745-1564 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.