Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 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 you’re leaving behind, your home. The Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. team has some recommendations that will assist in keeping your home safe 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 look as though you are home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart 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 relief than a text while you’re you’re on vacation 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 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 probably 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 some 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 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 easy tips to add to your spring break prep agenda, 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 Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia a call at 803-796-9172 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.