Protect Your Home While You're Away

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Worried about keeping your home safe while you’re on vacation or staying somewhere warmer for the winter? Here’s how to add security and reduce stress, plus three ways to save energy while you’re gone.

Install a camera system. Security cameras come in wired, wireless, and wire-free models and have different features and benefits. Two of the most important variables are the power source and the internet connection (used to store and view footage remotely). Battery-powered options aren’t ideal if you plan to be gone for an extended period. The same is true for models that rely on Wi-Fi, especially if you live in an area with an unreliable connection. Other things to consider include hackability, video quality, monthly fees, and installation costs.

Use lighting. Criminals hate light, and it’s one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to enhance your home’s security. A good place to start is by using timers to turn indoor and outdoor lights on and off at random times. It’s also smart to add motion or light-sensitive switches to the entry lights and floodlights that illuminate porches, patios, garages, and driveways. And don’t forget to light up pole barns and other outbuildings.

Get an automatic generator. A whole-home generator is important to keep power to critical appliances and equipment, including the furnace, refrigerators and freezers, sump pumps, security systems, and exterior lighting. Nothing’s worse than hearing about a power outage at home and being unable to save your freezer full of food or prevent the basement from flooding.

Whether it’s a camera system, exterior lighting, or an automatic generator, the licensed professionals at Grand Bay Electric have the experience to guide you through the options. They can also install what’s needed to keep your home secure and give you peace of mind during your time away.

If you’re concerned about saving energy while the house is empty, they also recommend these tips:

Lower the Thermostat. Every degree you lower the thermostat can save you about 5% on your electricity bill, and a good rule of thumb is to set it four degrees lower than you would if you were home.

Unplug Appliances. Plugged-in appliances draw electricity even when they’re not being used. Plus, they can be a fire risk. It’s a good idea to unplug anything that isn’t essential.

Close the Shades. Keep the shades drawn to block the cold and open interior doors to encourage airflow. Both tricks will allow your HVAC system to work more efficiently.

So go ahead and take that vacation. Whether it’s a week or the entire winter, having the right systems in place will help you relax and enjoy yourself knowing everything at home is safe and sound.

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