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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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scott agran
scott agran
05:53 16 Nov 21
Binh is a wonderful person and a great representative of his company. Excellent communicator, honest and hard worker
Linda Wendell
Linda Wendell
21:53 15 Nov 21
We were very happy with the service provided by Ryan Waters and his team.
Allan Smolko
Allan Smolko
04:06 13 Nov 21
They were great!
Vander Shanholt
Vander Shanholt
01:03 13 Nov 21
Scott was incredibly friendly and repaired our upstairs heat in short order
Barbara Myers
Barbara Myers
23:26 12 Nov 21
11/12/2021 - Another great Hobiaca experience - thanks for sending Justin Driver to service my HVAC and complete the water heater repair. Great service and very professional. Thank you HobiacaHobaica thank you for always sending the best in the business - Ryan Waters was so nice and professional. I really think your team sets the example for others in knowledge of your products and services you provide. Thank you!!
Diane Stouffer
Diane Stouffer
16:57 12 Nov 21
Binh Tran was great! He replaced the capacitor on our AC unit before we had an issue w the motor. He was courteous and professional. Thank you, Binh!
Cindy Fischer
Cindy Fischer
01:42 12 Nov 21
Ryan, Dylan& John were awesome. Professional, personable , on-time & dependable. Thx guys
Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
23:36 11 Nov 21
Scott came by today to perform routine maintenance on our air conditioners. He discovered one of the capacitors to be failing & was able to replace it quickly & efficiently. Now I can get through the summer without worries. Thanks Scott!
Jack Guzman
Jack Guzman
22:13 11 Nov 21
Hello, just a little note to tell you how great our Technicians were today.Ivan and Troy showed up a little ahead of schedule, met with us, checked out the work areas and got right to work. And they did a fantastic job! I thought I was going to hear all kinds of banging and all kinds of noise but instead it was just a little bit of noise and the cool sound of Ivan whistling... reminded me of my Dad, he always whistled to, it was great.Troy was also quietly working outside.Upon completion of the work Troy and Ivan showed us their work and how the new thermostat worked.They did a great job with the installation, very professional work! I've seen a few air conditioning/furnace installations over the years when building homes with my dad and cousin...and these two technicians (Ivan and Troy) are obviously very good at what they do, and very good with the customer service experience they exhibited to us!!And personally I think they both definitely deserve a raise!!! And no, they didn't ask me to say this, LOL. It's obvious they're humble guys that would never ask for something like this, but they definitely deserve a raise...at minimum some fantastic kudos to some great Hobiaca Technicians!Kudos to Ivan and Troy for a job very well done!Thank you,Jack and Jackie Guzman11/11/2021

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