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Implementing Green Home Security

Posted by SEPCO

7/11/13 6:30 AM

There’s no question that your home needs to be protected; however, if you’re an environmentally-conscious person and don’t want to implement security solutions that have a negative impact on the ecosystem, you might have a difficult time finding suitors.

While there are plenty of home security systems available to you, those that have been created with careful consideration of their environmental effect are just now starting to gain traction.

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We’ve seen all manner of energy efficient appliances, so it was just a matter of time until other household electronics begin to follow suit. You’ve still got to do some searching, but it’s getting easier to find security companies that are taking part in the green initiative.

Regardless of how you feel politically about the topic, it does save you money and lower your electric bill, which is something we all can agree is a good thing.

So here are a few ways that you can go green in terms of your home security system.

1. Led Technology -- Light emitting diodes (LEDs) last much longer and consume less energy than most other sources of light. Since it is such an efficient type of light, most security systems will use them for screens and light-based indicators. This is going to make a particularly big difference if your security system uses technology that has a video feed or monitor of some kind.

2. Wireless Options -- Once again, this is an area where a lot of security systems are moving to, because aside from being more economically friendly, wireless systems are just more popular and easier to manage.

Wireless technology uses less electricity; however, if you have a larger building where materials and distance can interfere with performance, wireless technology may pose some minor issues. In general though, for smaller homes and offices, wireless systems will work flawlessly.

3. Environmental Controls -- Some security systems are able to alert you about temperature leaks, water damage, carbon monoxide and other environmental factors that could be affecting your home.

These controls usually have settings that will automatically notify you when the temperature rises above or below a certain number, or when it detects other drastic changes or inconsistencies in your home’s ecosystem.

4. Just the sign -- It’s unfortunate, considering the amount of work companies put into their technology, but the most effective component of a security system in deterring burglars might just be the small sign that security companies allow you to put outside in your front lawn.

Some companies will sell you the rights to use just the sign. If a criminal sees that sign outside your home, they’ll almost always move on to a house that doesn’t have one. Whether you decide to invest in just the sign or entire security system, it is vital that you invest in some kind of security solution to deter burglars.

Protecting your Home and Staying Environmentally Friendly

Installing more electronics in your home never feels like a “green” thing to do, but it can be done responsibly and in such a way that is environmentally safe. Technology has come a long way, and as electrical components become more and more efficient, you can probably rest assured that a security system will fall safely within the realm of eco-friendly products.

In fact, many home security companies, such as Protect America, have implemented programs to try to stay green. When searching for a security system, be sure to consider how environmentally-friendly their products and services are.

About the Author: Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Southern California whose writing covers everything on home security, DIY, family health, marketing and much more. She makes sure to follow these tips when it comes to keeping her home and family safe. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook to learn more eco-friendly tips. 

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