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Safe and Green: Environmentally Friendly Security Solutions

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If you have made the switch to a sporty new hybrid or electric car in order to reduce your carbon footprint, and have installed state of the art eco-friendly solar panels on your roof, the last thing you are probably thinking about is your car being stolen or your home being burglarized. Yet, according to recent FBI crime statistics, car theft and home burglaries are on the rise. No matter what your take on global warming is, if you are like most homeowners, you will probably agree that it would be smart to conserve energy, and lower your monthly utility bills. At the same time, you want to protect your property and belongings, while using environmentally friendly products and technologies.

There’s no question that your home and family need to be safe and secure. However, installing more electronic technology in your home may not feel like a very green choice. Luckily, with new advances in technology and with electrical components becoming more and more efficient, you can rest easy knowing that many new security systems can be responsible, affordable and environmentally safe. Now with smart-phone technology, security companies such as offer the ability to check on your home while you are away, and to provide secure access codes to visitors such as babysitters.

Green Lighting Technology

To cut down on lighting expenses without forfeiting security illumination, look for products that feature LED technology. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, quality light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can use up to 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Because it is such an energy-efficient type of lighting, most security systems use them for light-based indicators and screens – an important difference for security systems that supply a video feed or monitor, or for motion-activated security lighting systems.

Consider Going Wireless

Modern wireless technology has advanced to the point where most wireless devices work just as well as hardwired options in providing security for your home. Many security systems are switching to wireless because they are economically and environmentally friendly. Wireless systems are also easier to manage and more popular with homeowners. suggests that if you choose to go wireless, that your internet-based smart phone and alarm system are compatible.

Environmental Controls

Home security isn’t all about protecting against burglary. Sometimes going green requires proactive security against damage. Many home security systems offer environmental controls in order to manage your home’s heating, air conditioning and lighting. Using sensors for temperature, water leakage or flooding, environmental controls can alert you directly when there is any change in temperature or moisture levels – possibly diverting a more serious catastrophe. In addition, sensors and alarms that alert to gas and carbon monoxide leaks will protect your family’s health.

Low-Tech Options

Surprisingly, one eco-friendly way to add extra security for your home is to purchase an inexpensive alarm warning sign. Posting signs that announce that you have a security system and visitors are being watched could deter a criminal from choosing your home as a target. The signs, readily available at many home improvement centers and hardware stores, don’t use any technology or energy at all.

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One Response to “Safe and Green: Environmentally Friendly Security Solutions”

  1. Jane Says:

    Planting spiky, thorny shrubs and trees on your perimeter are an excellent deterrent. If they are indigenous you will be adding further to your positive environmental impact.
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