Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Tuscaloosa and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The KDM Service Corporation team has some recommendations that will work to keep your home protected and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an inexpensive way to make your home seem 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 typical 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 out of town 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 vacation on social media, but try to put it off until after you return to post photos of your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as delighted by 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 device is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. A simple way to save some energy while you’re out of town is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may not think of 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 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 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 talk about additional energy saving tips, give KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa a call at 205-758-2703 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.