Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Rapid City 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc team has some helpful advice 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 a low cost 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 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 peace of mind 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 say not to share photos of your fabulous trip on social media, but try to wait until after you return to post photos of your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as enchanted by the fantastic 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. A simple way to cut back on energy while you’re out of town 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 out of town 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 ideal level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some easy 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 review additional energy saving tips, give Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City a call at 605-342-5107 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.