Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation

March 16, 2015

Spring is in the air here in Beaverton and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. 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 someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart idea to program your lights to coincide with your typical 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 relief than a text while you’re you’re on vacation 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 awesome vacation on social media, but try to put it off until after you return 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 device is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. A simple way to cut back on energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may overlook 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 usual level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home.

These are some simple 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 503-374-1934.