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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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Maureen Webster
Maureen Webster
23:23 15 Oct 21
Steven was very professional, courteous and efficient. We appreciate that he wore a mask in our home and made helpful suggestions for us. We appreciate Hobaica for all our needs.
Kay Campbell
Kay Campbell
20:02 14 Oct 21
Hobaica Services is a company I can trust! They were responsive and on time. Steven was polite, professional and his work was immaculate. I highly recommend Hobaica Services
Nancy McDowell
Nancy McDowell
14:23 14 Oct 21
Amer has been our service technician twice now and has been very helpful and professional both times.
Powell Family
Powell Family
02:56 13 Oct 21
I highly recommend Binh. He is very knowledgeable and great to work with.
John Lake
John Lake
19:03 12 Oct 21
Hobaica has always maintained top notch professionals. John Miranda serviced the unit this morning. Would recommend them for any air conditioning/heating issues
Joyce Backlund
Joyce Backlund
11:43 12 Oct 21
Ryan with Hobaica is the best! He is thorough, professional, knowledgeable, and works hard to make sure his customer is happy. Thank you Ryan for going the extra mile, it is truly appreciated.
Mee Young Um
Mee Young Um
23:32 11 Oct 21
Our AC blower motor broke twice since mid-June. Hobaica came to replace it twice since then. However, we noticed that our AC wasn't blowing enough air as it did previously, but all technicians from Hobaica couldn't figure out what was wrong with our system or even claimed that it was working properly. Our system could not maintain the set temperature during the afternoons and was constantly running, causing abnormally high electrical bills. Finally, after multiple technician visits, Binh T came and found out that the blower motor was not programmed properly and replaced it with a new one for the "third" time. Our AC is finally blowing sufficient amount of air from the vents!! Thank you so much, Binh T, for being professional and knowledgeable on this matter! We cannot thank you more.
Alfred Tabeek
Alfred Tabeek
00:51 09 Oct 21
Travis did a great job replacing the Moen cartridge in my shower. He even offered to install the escutcheon, stop tube and handle that I expected to do myself. I appreciated that. Travis is professional, does high quality work and is an overall great guy to work with. It was a job well done.
Wesley Paxton
Wesley Paxton
22:06 08 Oct 21
Travis did an exceptional job of installing my new WiFi thermostat and made sure everything worked before he finished the job.

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