How Energy Efficiency and Home Security go Together

by Greg on April 19, 2013

Green Home

There are many features of an energy efficient home that also benefit home security, and several newer systems are being designed with added efficiency in mind. Below are a few examples of the ways that security and efficiency complement each other.

1. Installing new, energy efficient doors and windows will save fuel costs, while also presenting a greater challenge to any potential intruders. Many companies now inject special gases between the window panes for added insulation, while also coating the glass to reflect sunlight. Multiple pane windows are also more difficult to break into without making a great deal of noise and alerting people to the presence of the burglar, which makes them a very effective security measure.

2. Switching from wood to insulated steel on your exterior door will both increase energy efficiency and add security to your home. These are generally built with a magnetic strip inside, which is all of the weather-stripping they should require to be up to five-times more efficient that the old wooden door you removed. With a sturdy, properly sealed door you will be sure that nothing is getting out or in unless you intend it.

3. Integrated security systems can be used for much more than protecting your home and family. When you’re not home, you can access these systems online and monitor any electronic device or appliance in your house, letting you know if anything is being used unexpectedly. Before these systems existed, it was not uncommon for homeowners to leave either interior or exterior lights on for the whole duration of a vacation, hoping that it would dissuade intruders. Integrated security will allow you to turn the lights on and off at whatever interval you feel best gives the impression that someone is home.

4. ADT Pulse is a new system that will let homeowners remotely control the thermostat or the lights, and even allows them to arm or disarm the alarm system in the event that they wish to allow access without providing your security code. This technology makes it possible to leave the house cold and dark while you’re away, and still have it bright and warm again before you even walk in the door.

5. Home automation is the next evolution of this trend, connecting every electronic device in your home and allowing you to control them from your smartphone or tablet. These systems are intended to keep up with the evolution of the other technologies in your home, but for now they can feed your pets, water the plants and yard, or brew a pot of coffee from wherever you are. They also connect to intercoms and domestic robots, which for now only include the Rumba and a few other early examples. These systems tie everything in your home together and place it all at the tip of your finger, including your home security system.

6. Environmental sensors are an important tool for both security and efficiency. These sensors detect smoke, power loss, and gases like carbon monoxide, and even monitor the temperature. They do this whether or not the security system is engaged, and they can be synched to your smartphone or tablet, allowing you the peace of mind of knowing exactly what and who is in your house at any given time.


Naomi Broderick

Naomi Broderick is a parent and a professional writer. When she isn’t busy juggling her three children in the front yard she writes for Protect Your Home, a leader in ADT home security

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