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Home Energy Management for Spring

Home Energy Management for Spring As the seasons change, and you switch from heating to air conditioning at home, it’s the perfect time to install an energy management system. Even changing your daily habits for energy use can save you hundreds of dollars each month!  By lowering your utility bills, you gain more control of your money.  Plus, you contribute to the eco-friendly movement overall!  To help, here are a list of effective tips, products, and life-hacks to help you increase your home energy efficiency. Let There Be Light! …Or not. Lighting costs make up on average 12% of utility bills. When not using a room, we recommend turning off the lights. As the days get longer in the next few months, you can take advantage of more natural light. Also, replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs will allow you to save on electricity and get brighter lighting.  Don’t forget to ask about our home energy management smart... Read more

Aging in Place: Protecting Your Loved Ones

Aging in Place: Protecting Your Loved Ones As more Americans are staying home longer, our ideas about aging in place are evolving. It’s no longer a matter of “Is this possible?” But rather a series of decisions about how to keep them safe, comfortable, and happy in the long run! As a local security provider, we have a few tips to share that will make protecting your loved ones easier. Think about Mobility If your family member has been in the same house for years, then a few updates are in order. When aging in place, mobility is always a primary concern because our needs change so much over the years. Try to install small measures at first that will be there when they need them—without changing the flow of the house too much. A bench by the doorway is great if they need to sit down to remove their shoes or place grocery bags on the way in. Don’t forget about conveniently placed stools in the kitchen. They should be taller than... Read more

Porch Pirates in the New Year

Porch Pirates in the New Year Although the holidays may be over, porch pirates are still working hard.  These thieves take advantage of the popularity of online shopping, as well as the absence of many homeowners during the day.  If you can’t be there when your packages are delivered, then consider improving your home security to deter these criminals in the new year. It Could Happen to Anyone You might not think porch pirates exist in your neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean they can’t visit.  This is a growing problem driven by opportunism.  All it takes is the right package, and the right timing.  Statistics estimate that nearly 26 million Americans have been affected by this “victimless” crime, with the majority occurring in the suburbs. Many mistakenly assume that their orders are protected by the company who sent it and/or the people who delivered it—but that’s not always the case.  So, we’re seeing a trend... Read more

Protect Your Business This Season

Protect Your Business This Season Whether it’s your busy season or a slow time for your business, consider adding some additional security measures this month.  The holidays can be a hectic time—even without climbing crime rates.  So, don’t take any chances when it comes to your office, staff, or equipment.  Find out how we can help your commercial security today! Control who has Access—and When As a business owner, it’s hard for you to be onsite all the time.  You have many demands, many places to be—especially during this time of year.  When you’re out and about, how do you monitor access to your office space, storage area(s), etc.?  Having a few staff members you can trust with keys and codes will help, but that’s hardly a foolproof plan.  Instead, have you thought about remote access? Today, it’s so much more than being able to control who gets in and out of your commercial space.  Although this technology can be... Read more

Maintain Your Independence with Medical Alert Systems

Maintain Your Independence with Medical Alert Systems How do you ensure your safety and security without giving up your independence?  By utilizing a medical alert system.  It’s the perfect compromise that gives you access to immediate care and provides your family with peace of mind.  If you’re wary about adding this technology to your home, here are a few ways it can make your life easier without being invasive. Wearable for Your Convenience Everyone has a cellphone today, but who actually carries this device around the house?  When you’re at home, it’s easy to forget to bring your phone with you from room to room.  Plus, many smartphones are simply too large to put in your pocket or some similar place on your person.  Our medical alert systems use small, wearable devices that are designed to your lifestyle.  They’re lightweight and convenient, so you don’t even have to think about where it could’ve gone—it’s with you!  Ask us about our... Read more

Prepare your Home (Security) for Halloween

Prepare your Home (Security) for Halloween Millions of Americans look forward to Halloween every year—and who can blame them?  This holiday has it all:  fun costumes, over-the-top decorations, and tons of candy!  Still, half of the trick-or-treating tradition involves the key word “trick.”  So, as you prepare to welcome guests this holiday season, make sure you also take the time to double-check your security. A Little Mood Lighting Sure, spooky lights and smoke machines set the tone for trick-or-treating, but they also create opportunities for vandalism.  You can certainly add a little Halloween flair, as long as you keep your walkways illuminated.  Any spotlights you have in place should remain operational, especially the motion-activated models.  And if you don’t have any now, consider adding some before the holiday!  Pay particular attention to the area around your garage and any dark corners on the property that could... Read more

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Technology

September is a tricky time temperature-wise.  Summer’s on its way out and fall’s just around the corner, so some days it feels like we’re alternating between the two seasons!  Rather than let the weather wreak havoc with your home—not to mention your energy bills—consider adding an energy management system this month. How does it work? Our systems can easily integrate your thermostat, lights, and other energy uses into one accessible app.  With a smart phone and/or internet access, you can control your devices and minimize your energy output!  As long as you have a modern HVAC system in place (or you’re planning to upgrade soon), we can install our smart thermostat in place of a more traditional one.  Plus, we’re happy to make recommendations for compatible LED lightbulbs as an added benefit to integration.  Once everything’s in place, we can help you navigate the settings, so... Read more

Pre-Vacation Security Tips

Whether you’re preparing for your last trip of the summer—or your first—take a break from packing to ensure your home security before you leave. Thanks to smart technology, you can still be connected to your residence, even if you’re miles away. However, we know how easy it is to get overwhelmed right before you leave, so here’s our list of suggestions to keep your home safe while you’re on vacation. 1. Consider professional monitoring. Many of today’s security features offer you the option to self-monitor. With affordable security cameras, video doorbells, and more, you can watch what’s happening from anywhere in the world. The only problem with that is sometimes you actually want to unplug. If you’ve constantly got your phone in hand, worrying about what’s going on at home, how much fun are you going to have on vacation? Plus, you’re assuming you’re going to have internet access and... Read more

Protect Your Home from Summer Break-Ins

Protect Your Home from Summer Break-Ins Did you know that crime rates rise every year during the summer months?  Break-ins, in particular, increase drastically this time of year, but there are steps you can take to protect your home.  By being aware of the risks and adding certain security measures, you can deter would-be burglars and create a safer environment for your family. Start with your Front Door Not only is it your main entry way, but it’s also a popular target for burglars.  So, when it comes to beefing up security, here’s where you should begin.  First consider, how visible is your front door?  Do you have tall shrubs or other growth that could easily camouflage someone?  Does your landscaping need a little TLC?  Places that look overgrown or unkempt are more likely to be targeted.  Either they think you’re away or you’re not paying attention to your property.  But, a well-manicured lawn with clear sight lines to... Read more

Smart Phones & Security: Keeping Your Home Safe with Technology

Smart Phones & Security:  Keeping Your Home Safe with Technology Today’s top smart phones pack a wide variety of capabilities—including keeping your home safe.  It may sound like far-fetched, futuristic concept, but thanks to recent technological advancements, it’s possible for virtually every household.  Depending on your budget (and your comfort level with technology), we’ve got a security solution for you. Option 1:  Smart Doorbells Unlike a traditional doorbell, which only alerts you to the presence of a visitor, these “smart” varieties offer a lot more features.  Typically, they require a bit more installation to include a tiny video camera, along with speakers and even a microphone.  But then, you’re able to see anyone who comes within a certain range of the door in question—whether or not they ring the doorbell.  You’re also able to engage with them, even if you’re not home!  So, if someone unexpectedly shows up while you’re out running... Read more