Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Excelsior Springs and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Colvin's Inc team has some recommendations that will work to 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 economical 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 wise idea to program your lights to sync up 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 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 ask you not to share photos of your fabulous vacation on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post photos of your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your intentions. 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 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. An effortless way to save some energy while you’re away is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may overlook 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 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 usual 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 talk about additional energy saving tips, give Colvin's Inc in Excelsior Springs a call at 816-630-2702 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.