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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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Jim Adams
Jim Adams
18:54 01 Jul 22
We recently had our air conditioning go out on Tuesday and on Friday a new unit was installed. The service has been fantastic. Could not have asked for a faster more friendly company.Zach and Gio were amazing in getting the unit installed and walking us through the new thermostat.
PHX Keeve
PHX Keeve
22:05 30 Jun 22
Grayson came out and was on time, and very nice. He took extra time to diagnose a potential problem, and even re-secured some wire mesh (to keep birds out) that had been blown off from the wind. He answered all my questions, will do business with hobaica again.
James Borsheim
James Borsheim
21:27 30 Jun 22
In every way possible, extremely professional service. Used since 2008, very pleased.
Joseph Shepard
Joseph Shepard
17:36 29 Jun 22
Grayson was awesome. He called ahead of time to let me know he was on his way and showed up right on time. Completed our AC system checkup and gave me a detailed report on everything. 5+ stars!!
Paula Gierek
Paula Gierek
01:11 29 Jun 22
Dylan thankyou for the great job ,you and Chase did installing a tankless water heater .Appreciate promptness,and courtesy you displayed.Will certainly use your services again .
Rhonda Brown
Rhonda Brown
20:34 25 Jun 22
Dylan was on time and very professiona an courteous He explained everything and didn't mind answering any questions as well as giving me all the options
Alison Busch
Alison Busch
18:21 25 Jun 22
Travis just left and as always, Hobacia's technician did an excellent job. All technicians we have had, have done a great job and we have never had to call back for any reason. We have uaed them for several years and will continue to use for many years to come.
jeff Zacher
jeff Zacher
16:30 25 Jun 22
Dale was amazing, very professional, very thorough.
Kevin Krieger
Kevin Krieger
03:26 25 Jun 22
Did a great job. Will use again. Great price too.

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