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Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation

Spring is in the air here in West Columbia and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. team has some recommendations that will assist in keeping 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 inexpensive 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 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 comfort than a text while you’re away letting you know that everything at home is perfect.
  • Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your awesome sabbatical on social media, but try to put it off until after you make it home to post anything about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as enchanted 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 item is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to conserve energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may not think 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 on vacation 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 simple 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 Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia a call at 803-265-4208.

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