Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Beaverton and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re sorting through what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what is left behind, your home. The Garoken Energy Co. Inc. team has some recommendations that will work to keep your home protected 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 look as though you are 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 typical 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 comfort than a text while you’re away letting you know that everything at home is as it should be. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your fabulous vacation on social media, but try to put it off until after you are back to post photos of your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your itinerary. Everyone will be just as excited about 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. An easy way to cut back on energy while you’re away is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may not think of unplugging is your garage door. It will conserve 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 need 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 comfort level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some easy tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about protecting your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton a call at 503-848-3838 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.