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Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation

Spring is in the air here in Saint Charles 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 Air Alliance Team team has some recommendations that will work to keep your home secure and help save some money on your utility bills while you revel in a well-deserved vacation.

  • Install Timers - Timers are an economical way to make your home appear 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 regular 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 as it should be.
  • Wait to share - We aren’t going to say not to share photos of your amazing 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 intentions. 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 easier 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. A simple way to conserve energy while you’re away is to unplug some 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 on vacation there’s no reason 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 usual level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home.

These are some painless tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, 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 Air Alliance Team in Saint Charles a call at 636-229-1544.

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