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Energy-Efficient Home Security Systems

Saving energy is not only for the economically thrifty, but also the environmentally aware.  In the 2010s, the two demographics are certainly surging, if not merging.  Companies who invest in market research (or who sanction common sense) know that if they want to remain competitive  they will have to create products and services that respond to consumer demand.  Blend thrifty and sustainable with security conscious, and you get automatic integrated home security systems, aka smart home systems. Essentially these are traditional home security systems (with sensors at one end and an alarm at the other) combined with a super high-tech remote control that can do everything from turn on your lights to turn down your thermostat.

How to Save Money with Innovative Solutions

Integrated and automated systems save energy by allowing you to control your home appliances remotely while monitoring their levels via the Internet.  Many systems can pay for themselves several times over by what they save on energy costs. Heating and cooling can total more than half of a home’s energy consumption, which decreases on average 1% for every 1 degree the thermostat is lowered (depending on the outside temperature).  On average, 25% of home energy consumption is from lighting. This can be greatly reduced by programming a smart system to turn outdoor lights off at sunrise and intermittently turning lights on inside when the house is unoccupied (allowing for manual overrides). Being able to monitor and control your home remotely saves money, contributes to environmental sustainability and provides an extra layer of convenience, comfort and control.

ADT created Pulse, which they market as Integrated Lifestyle Management.  It is a complete package that allows you to remotely control your home’s thermostat and lights while subsequently arming and disarming the alarm (in case you want to allow access at a given time), and co-monitoring via real-time videos.  However, they are not the only player in the game.  Integrated systems are fast becoming the norm among home security providers who offer unique feature sets. Some include voicemail, while others allow you to integrate pet access, fans and/ or pool heating. 

Environmental Sensors

Environmental sensors that detect changes in temperature, moisture, and protect against dangerous gasses, fire and wind damage are also available in either analog, digital or hybrid varieties.  They’re a great complement to any home security system and can be purchased as stand-alone devices or integrated into an existing security system.