Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Cedar Rapids and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Ilten's Incorporated team has some helpful advice that will help 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 inexpensive 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 regular 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 peace of mind 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 amazing sabbatical on social media, but try to wait until after you are back to post anything about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so no sense 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 more effortless 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. An easy way to cut back on energy while you’re on vacation 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 out of town 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 ideal 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 Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids a call at 319-363-0283 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.