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Green Home Security Systems

Posted on the 28 July 2011 by Alison_wood @midnight_eden

There are many ways to make your home eco-friendly; you can install solar panels, set up a recycling center in your garage, purchase reclaimed furnishings, and even opt for organic textiles for all of your linens and clothing.  But when it comes to finding an environmentally friendly security system to ensure the safety of your family, you might be left scratching your head.  Alarm systems require electricity, as do surveillance cameras, flood lights, and just about every other security measure you can think of off the top of your head.  But believe it or not, there are green options when it comes to protecting your home.  Here are a few you may want to look into.

The first thing you can do is secure the perimeter.  A fence with locking gates will deter most trespassers and large animals that could cause trouble.  And locks on windows and deadbolts on doors don’t require any electricity (although you do have to use them in order to get the full benefit).  But these minimal measures may not warn you of a home invasion in time to protect you.  You might need something more.

One eco-friendly option is a guard dog.  Your pet need not be just another member of the family; with proper training, man’s best friend could save your life.  Many people fear that a guard dog will one day turn on member of the family, but you don’t have to train your dog to attack (although you certainly could).  All he has to do is warn you when intruders are in the home.  And you can even turn your pet ownership into an eco-friendly pursuit by feeding him local, organic meats and vegetables and composting his droppings.

But if you’re not exactly a pet person, or you don’t like the idea of using an animal as a protector, there are still options.  You can install motion-sensor floodlights around your home that are entirely powered by the sun.  Or you could use alternative sources of energy to power an alarm system (if you already use this type of power in your home you can just jack in the system).  But even easier than that is to contract with a home security company that embraces eco-friendly practices.

ADT, for example, launched their Vital World Initiative last year with a pledge to begin using recycled parts in all new systems they install (and as part of any upgrades to older home security systems).  This includes precious metals and electrical components (amongst other items) salvaged from landfills (to the tune of over 50 tons a year).  So simply selecting the right alarm company could constitute a green choice when it comes to safety in the home.

While it may be a little more difficult to retain an eco-friendly attitude when securing your home against invasion, as anything worth doing takes a bit more effort, you certainly can find ways to do so, as you can make all areas of your life greener.  And if you’re truly committed to making the world a safer place for future generations you can definitely start by greening up your home safety precautions.

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