In today’s world, there is a great deal of focus on green initiatives in many
different aspects of everyday life. People are focused on reducing their carbon
footprints by utilizing everything from electric cars to solar energy, and there
seem to be more and more organizations and movements directed toward saving the environment. Many of these efforts and practices have been, and will continue to be very effective – however, we will never realize our true potential to “go green” until we begin to put green initiatives into effect in our everyday lives. And to do this, we all need to better understand some of the little ways in which we can do our parts to help.
All you need to do to begin to understand how you can better contribute to living a more environmentally conscious lifestyle is to think about which everyday habits and applications you use that require energy. For example, consider one of the most basic energy-consuming things that you use each and every day: your home security system. This is exactly the sort of thing that you tend to use without even thinking about it, but which can often be used in a more energy-efficient way. Here are some tips for this specific example.
• Use a yard sign. Many people only consider the technological aspects of home
security systems when looking into buying equipment, and this can result in the
excessive use of technology, and, therefore, energy. There is very little sense, in
the average home, in investing in motion detectors, security cameras, laser trip
wires, and alarm systems – yet many people do just that. Instead of one or two of these extra features, consider putting a simple sign in your front yard, indicating that your home is protected. This is one of the most effective types of home security, as it notifies potential intruders that they are taking a big risk if they break into your home – and, even better, it uses literally no energy!
• Also, with the electronic features that your security system does include, be
mindful of how often you leave them activated. Many people do not bother to turn
their security systems on and off during the day if it is not necessary to do so.
For example, if you have security cameras on the exterior of your home, you may not feel the need to turn them off during the day, because they are unlikely to interfere with anything. Modern security systems allow for a great deal of control and monitoring, however, so you should be careful to conserve energy by turning them on only when they are most needed.
About the Author:
Alex Stewart is a blogger and contributing writer for Home Security System. He has also worked for various other online resources in the fields of security and home management.