Protect Your Home and the Planet: Green Security Tips for Homeowners

Posted by A. Caleb Hartley on March 18th, 2013 filed in landscape, technology

Most homeowners invest in an alarm system to help protect their loved ones and most valuable possessions.

But what about protecting our planet?

The big picture can oftentimes get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The good news is that it’s easy to take an eco-friendly approach to home security by simply using energy-saving home security products. Here’s what you can do:

Go Wireless

Wireless alarm systems are beginning to replace hard-wired systems as the home security industry standard. While traditional systems are wired into your home’s power grid, wireless technology allows your system to be set up without running wires under carpets and behind baseboards. This not only makes the alarm system more flexible, but also more eco-friendly since they don’t consume as much electricity.

You can rest assured if you’re concerned about whether a wireless security system offers high-quality protection for your home. Wireless alarm systems are every bit as effective as their hard-wired counterparts, and, in many cases, are even more reliable. For example, a hard-wired system can be disabled during a power loss, or in the event that an intruder cuts the wires leading to your home. On the other hand, a wireless system is not vulnerable to these scenarios. Most wireless alarms today also have a battery backup that will keep the system functional for up to two days without power.

ADT, one of the nation’s top home security companies, currently offers cutting-edge monitored wireless security systems for an affordable price. It also offers home automation solutions, which allow you to reduce your carbon footprint through smart home technology. Check out homesecurityinfo.com if you’re interested in learning more.

Use LED products

LED (light-emitting diode) is a technology that consumes energy more efficiently. LED devices – although marginally more expensive than traditional fluorescent lighting – are about five times more energy efficient.

You’ll find that there are a host of home security products that utilize LED technology. If you enlist the services of a home security company, ask them about the carbon footprint of their products. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you can find plenty of devices that utilize LED technology. This includes motion-activated floodlights, surveillance cameras, motion sensors and more.

Truly Natural Passive Security

And don’t forget the simplest, greenest solution of all: planting “unfriendly” plants under windows and near other places criminals might hide. Unfriendly plants include pretty much any thorned bush that can grow against the outside wall of your house (if you leave space, it defeats the purpose). Improve your landscaping, plant something that will “breathe,” and protect your family all at the same time!

Talk about being able to be green while not being “granola!”


Do you have any home security tips that are greener than the status quo? Let us know in the comments!

I personally use a wireless home security system in my house, and I love it! It is infinitely flexible, and you can also use it to keep tabs on your pesky teenagers (if the thronbush outside her window isn’t deterrent enough, the window-open sensor on her window might keep your teenage daughter from sneaking out at 3am). Just another way that you can go green without reducing your lifestyle!

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