You will be thrilled to know that along with holiday cheer, eggnog, gifts, and cozy fireplaces comes a more than chilling holiday tradition; burglaries. Statistics show that nearly 400,000 burglaries happen every year during the holiday season. Trust me, I’m in the home security industry and I know these statistics.
Most of us find ourselves traveling for the holidays, leaving our homes completely unprotected with the mindset of ‘it will never happen to me’ and more than likely wasting energy in the process.
Imagine how much money you could save by following some very simple steps to secure your home safely and efficiently. Now that is holiday cheer!
#1 ‘Tis the Season for Technology
Energy efficiency and home security have come a long way in the technology front. Using technology the two have become more intertwined than ever before. Right now you can have complete control of your home from anywhere in the world, using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. We’re talking the ability to control your security system, thermostats, electrical appliances, wireless cameras and more.
SMART+ HOME uses a brand new technology called Geo-Fencing, which sets up an invisible radius around around your home. You basically use your smartphone as the ‘beacon’. So whenever your smartphone leaves or enters the radius around your home you can automatically trigger your home to do different things. Without even thinking about it, you can adjust your thermostat, close your garage door, turn on your porch lights and arm your security system all in one fell swoop! No more mini heart attack half way down the road trying to remember if you set the alarm.
Now that’s something to brag about at Thanksgiving dinner.
#2 Peace, Joy, and Energy Savings
Saving energy around the home while you’re gone is easier than you think.
Your water heater is working even if you aren’t using it. Turning your water heater down to “vacation mode” is the most energy efficient way to save money while you’re gone.
Leaving appliances around your home plugged in can also be a financial Scrooge. From toasters and coffee makers, to TV’s and laptops; these small appliances make a big difference on your energy bill. Studies have shown that leaving these appliances plugged in can account for almost a month’s worth of electricity a year. One whole month!
#3 Don’t Use Your iPhone!
Nowadays with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…we find ourselves posting EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE. Now I know that the green bean casserole looks extra delightful this year but not everyone needs to see it. The same way that not everyone needs to know your travel plans and when you’ll be home.
The more connected we become online, the easier it is for would-be thieves to gather information to make their robberies easier than ever. So don’t be your own worse enemy! If you can, have someone take you to the airport so that there is still a vehicle in the driveway. Keep up the appearance that you haven’t gone anywhere. It’s an immediate deterrent to burglars looking to steal your Christmas cheer.
Trust me, this last tip is a true life saver from the biggest threat of all…Mom! Just put down your phone and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal the good old fashioned way.
Follow these easy steps and you are sure to have a very merry holiday season. Safe travels!