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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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Check Out Our Reviews . . . From Neighbors Near You

Pam Goslar
Pam Goslar
21:58 14 Apr 21
Several years ago we purchased an air conditioner and furnace from Hobaica. Justin became our tech checking up on the system twice a year. Now that we moved Justin came out today to do our cooling/heat checkup and electrical eval. We are happy to be back on track with Hobaica and Justin.
Alex Angeles
Alex Angeles
21:36 14 Apr 21
Daniel did a great job.
M Maddox
M Maddox
20:23 14 Apr 21
After 30 years in the valley, this is the only company we use for heating/AC and plumbing.
Steve Morrow
Steve Morrow
20:11 14 Apr 21
Hobaica installed our new HVAC 2 years ago. They did a great job: professional, no mess, reasonably-priced and friendly. Today technician Danny U. came and did an inspection and maintenance. He was knowledgeable, informative and nice to work with, and as far as I can see he did a very thorough job.
Andrew Loubert
Andrew Loubert
19:21 14 Apr 21
My Tech Ryan Waters was helpful in giving me options and the work seems to have been well done. No issues so far and it's been 6 months.
Robert Vaage
Robert Vaage
17:20 14 Apr 21
Did a great job
David Gardner
David Gardner
17:14 14 Apr 21
Travis, the service technician, was on time, personable, and helpful.
Josh Zomok
Josh Zomok
16:56 14 Apr 21
Steven A came out for an AC service. He was professional and answered all questions we had. He was able to find small problems that are easy fixes before bigger problems came up. This is our first time using Hobaicas and we will continue to use them for all of our AC needs. Amazing company!!!
Justin Sjaaheim
Justin Sjaaheim
14:30 14 Apr 21
Scott Dale was professional & transparent. He understood the symptoms we were having with the AC unit & confirmed our issue. Scott was confident in communicating what needed to happen to solve the problem & knowledgeable in various methods to approach the solution. Not only was he respectful to our choice of repairs, he did not push an agenda & was patient with explaining the various aspect of the issue. Scott gave us the opportunity to know exactly what he found in the unit along the way & documented the condition of our unit to share openly with us. To top his service off, Scott acted with immense integrity - he had full access to the areas he needed to be successful & made the professional decisions to respect our property & get the job done well. Thanks Hobaica for quick & quality service.

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