Energy Efficient Safety

Thanks for the guest post by Jo Levy
Everyone should feel safe in their own home. Even if you don’t live in the nest neighborhood, there’s no reason you shouldn’t feel secure behind your front door. HOME SECURITY 101 tells us that there are many simple steps we can take to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our valuables. In addition to always keeping your doors locked, make sure your windows are locked. It’s easy, especially when the weather is nice and you’ve had your windows open for some fresh air, to forget to slide the lock in place when you close them. At night, leave your exterior lights on. Of course thieves don’t want to be seen so why would they go for a house with lights on? If you’re concerned about energy use, consider changing your outdoor bulbs to CFCs or having motion sensors put on your outdoor lights. While initially more expensive than regular bulbs, CFCs save you money in the long run by using less energy than the bulbs you probably already have. Motion sensors are not terribly expensive and again, will save you money in the long term by only having your lights come on when something is moving outside your home.

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