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Save Money While On Vacation

Summer vacations offer a great way to leave the problems of everyday life and relax, but the expenses can add up quickly.  The travel expense, vacation rental and eating out at restaurants make the vacation an expensive proposition.  In order to give you the most cash for vacation, take some steps to make sure your house isn’t running up expenses while you are away.

The following steps can save you money while away from home.

HVAC system:  Set the air conditioner at 83-85 degrees while away from home.  This allows the unit to run less while you are away, but continues to keep humidity in the home under control, so plants won’t wilt and pets remain comfortable.  Units equipped with programmable thermostats can be set to lower the temperature and then back to normal levels before returning home.

Blinds and Windows:  Make sure your windows are shut securely and close the blinds in the house.  Keeping the sun out of your house will help to keep your AC unit from working so hard while you are away.  Plus, it’s one of those little secrets that help keep animals calm while you are away as well.

Lights:  While it should not have to be said, be sure to turn off the lights before leaving for vacation.  If you require lights to be on for security, the best option is to choose only a few and use a motion sensor or timer to turn them on as needed.  The timer gives the appearance of someone being home more than leaving the lights on 24/7.

Refrigerator and Freezer:  Use up the most highly perishable items before leaving on the trip.  This includes meats, dairy products and many fresh vegetables.  Before leaving, set the fridge and freezer to the highest temperature settings.  If the plans are for an extended vacation of more than a month, it is best to empty the fridge completely and leave it unplugged.  Always prop the door of an unplugged fridge open so you are not met with a mold or mildew problem when returning home.

Water Heater:  Water heaters are one of the biggest users of energy in the home.  Turn them off at the circuit breaker or fuse box before leaving on the trip to ensure water is not needlessly being heated while away from home.

Swimming pool:  Set the filtration system and pump to run only a few hours daily instead of running 24/7.  With no one using the pool, it should not need constant filtering.

Household Electronics:  Televisions, computers and stereos all use electricity even if turned off.  Eliminate the expense they cause by unplugging them when away from home.  In addition, any device that uses a power adapter will use energy even if the power is off, so make sure they are unplugged before leaving.  These steps can help to cut the cost of your summer vacation.

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Ellen Battilana
Ellen Battilana
00:36 28 Jul 21
Loved the Hobaica service! Steven A. was the technician and I can't say enough great things about him. Called when he was on the way to my house (on-time as promised), very friendly, polite and explained exactly what happened and what he was doing to fix it. Super customer service!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this family owned, local business.
ardy rinki
ardy rinki
00:17 28 Jul 21
Very good service providedVery punctual and completed the work in a timely mannerExplained the work that needed to be done and did a very good job fixing the problemVery good service in overall
Roger Freeman
Roger Freeman
22:05 27 Jul 21
Ryan performed the work on time with great efficiency.
Sita Cooney
Sita Cooney
18:58 27 Jul 21
Gave clear and concise information about my AC problems; gave solutions at various costs & warranties, and was professional and courteous throughout the exchange. I didn’t feel pressured and I feel very confident as a long-time customer.
Barbara Everst
Barbara Everst
13:38 27 Jul 21
Great service, on time and friendly. I love the peace of mind from the regular maintenance for my air conditioner and will ask for Tom again next time
Lou Stahl
Lou Stahl
19:22 26 Jul 21
I had a leaky faucet and, because our regular plumber was out of town, called Hobaica because they have serviced our AC/heating units for years and I knew I could trust them to do plumbing work, too. Ryan Waters came over in just a couple of hours and quickly diagnosed and fixed the problem. I would recommend him to anybody who needs an honest and efficient plumber.
Mark Rafferty
Mark Rafferty
17:53 26 Jul 21
Melissa in scheduling was FANTASTIC! She was very knowledgable and experience on how to get your Technicians out to our house that had no AC! Melissa and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!Your Technician Jacey M was FANTASTIC! Very knowledgeable about the issues at hand and how to fix properly. He and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A+++
Ronald Rhoades
Ronald Rhoades
09:02 26 Jul 21
I quote Rev Rick Lewis at his request to relay the following information:I want to thank Scott Dale and Hobaica for outstanding service on my ac repair. Scott was veryProfessional,knowledgeable and pleasant. The job was completed in a very timely fashion and IAm very happy to commend both Scott and Hobaica, Thank you! Rick Lewis, Phx AzI Ronald Rhoades did have similar AC problem that Scott Dale fixed on short notice on a hot 115 deg.day and referred him to Rev Lewis when he called me about his AC outage. Thanks again to Scott and Hobaica service!
Steve DISC
Steve DISC
19:50 24 Jul 21
Scott Dale was johnny-on-the-spot (weekend service!) and diligent in attempting to find a freak leak from the A/C return duct inside the house. It occurred during the strong monsoonal activity in Phoenix during the month of July and he diagnosed that it was probably condensation on the return duct in the attic from humidity that then ran down the duct to the return register in the house. No problems found. Great work and very professional service from Scott!

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