Home Security

There are a lot of things you can do to raise the security of your home from installing better locks to defensive landscaping.  A more active approach is to install an alarm system.  There are a few companies that offer an actively monitored home security systems such ADT.

The real benefit is the piece of mind with a security system.  You have to remember that an alarm system will not keep someone out of your home, but it does act as a deterrent.  The signs and stickers that are provided with the systems actually can help deter a break in passively.  This is a viable option for those who do not want to spend the monthly fee.  The job of the alarm system is to do one thing: alert.  When on vacation, a business trip, at work, or even out to the store your home gains a certain level of protection.  You can be alerted while away by a phone call from the provider or by the alarm when you are sleeping at night.  Sounds pretty good so far right?

The cost should be the next topic then.  You have to pay for a service, after all there has to be someone to call you 24/7 /365 and they have to gather information from you very quickly when needed.  Outside of any one time installation fees if they apply, the monthly cost is around $30-50 and the price can go higher.   There is one more thing to keep in mind while in consideration of this purchase, a discount on homeowners insurance.  You can save to the upwards of 20%.  Assuming insurance is around $800 a year, you could save $160 of that and bring a $360 a year security bill closer to a $200 annual piece of mind.

Saving Energy In The Home

Reducing your home’s energy consumption not only saves money, but it also increases the value of your home.

Installation of a metal roof with a remotely controlled mechanical venting space, solar powered fans to induce attic ventilation, and a properly sized roof overhang that shades exterior walls from hot summer sun can substantially reduce peak of summer air-conditioning requirements by keeping the roof, attic and walls cool with little energy drain. Working with your architect and landscape professional, you can incorporate existing natural features such as embankments, established trees, and boulders presently in place to serve as erosion control, provide shade and serve as a windbreak.

To promote energy conservation, the home should be orientated on its site to take advantage or bring abundant sunlight into the home’s interior reduce lighting requirements and to take advantage of prevailing breezes. Skylights, windows, light shelves and light monitors are used to bring daylight into dark interior spaces while outdoors the exterior is fitted with shading devices such as green screens, sunshades, canopies, and trees to block hot summer sun.

The use of dual glaze windows reduces heat loss during the cold days of winter and reduces heat gain during the dog days of summer.

Installing a lighter colored roof saves money by lowering rooftop temperatures of up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, thus providing an HVAC annual energy use reduction by up to 15 percent. Known in the construction industry as “cool roofs” light-colored roofs reflect twice the amount of sunlight, as does a traditional dark-colored roof, keeping home rooftops substantially cooler.

Competitively priced Insulfoam HD Composite Roof Insulation is another strong competitor in the green roof insulation market. Offering strong R-values, sustainable qualities such as no formaldehyde or HCDC, and 100 percent recyclability and available in various densities, Insulfoam HD Composite Roof Insulation is a popular construction material suitable for new construction or refits.

Another popular roofing option for green building is Radiant Barrier OSB Roof Sheathing, designed to reflect up to 97 percent of the sun’s radiant heat and to prevent it being from being absorbed into the attic of the home; potentially lowering energy consumption. Although the summer heat is certainly an issue, the winters are cold, and the warm of the sun is valued. This type of roof is most popular in regions where the sun is fierce year-around.

Many green home building contractors employ alternative energy sources to cut back on utility bills through the use of natural power. There are innovative systems designed to directly generate electricity, usually through wind power or solar power. Geothermal and solar hot water systems can also be used to heat or pre-heat water for use in showers, sinks, laundry, or even to supplement heating and cooling.

Another new advance in technology incorporates passive solar collection with attractive ceramic solar collecting roof tiles. The tiles are installed the same way as conventional roofing tiles but provide a home with supplemental free electricity.

Incorporating passive solar design features capture the sun’s energy to keep the home interior warm and toasty while reducing energy costs. Thick interior concrete walls and floors crafted of plaster, brick or concrete soak up the sun’s heat during the day and release it at night when the sun goes down. Employing passive solar helps to stabilize temperature fluctuation and make room, or the entire house, more comfortable.

Clean And Fresh

Cleaning With Essential Oils

Day in and day out, we are bombarded toxic chemicals in the workplace and our homes. More than 125 different chemicals found common household cleaning products, have not been thoroughly tested for safety. Artificial chemicals contained in cleaning products are associated with psychological problems, allergies, skin irritations, breathing issues, gastrointestinal disorders, and cancer.

While it is impossible to control our family’s exposure to artificial chemicals outside the home, we can limit our exposure within the home to create an environment that is safe for people and pets.

Eliminating Toxins From The Home

Household cleaning products substantially contribute to the noxious chemical load in our homes. Many leading brands of cleaning solutions contain known toxins such as bleach, ammonia, solvents, formaldehyde, ethanolamine, and phthalates.

While we all want to live in a sparkling clean home, the health dangers posed by these chemical laden products is a risk not worth taking when viable natural cleaning solutions get the job done without putting our health in jeopardy.

A Simple Solution

Many essential oils eliminate mold and mildew, kill bacteria, remove stains, and dissolve grease just as well as chemically fortified cleaners, but without the scary health hazards.

Essential oils offer an eco-friendly alternative that is a natural, non-toxic, chemical-free solution when it comes to keeping your home clean and fresh.

Essential Oils That Disinfect

Thyme, Tea Tree, Pine, Bay Laurel, Spruce, Wintergreen, and Eucalyptus essential oils have potent disinfectant properties that destroy germs and bacteria. A mixture of two of cups of hot water, several drops of any or all of the mentioned essential oils and a third of a cup of baking soda combined in a spray bottle will keep hard surfaces such as bathroom fixtures, tiles, and countertop clean while refreshing the air in stale spaces. Spray on surfaces, wiping away with a dry cloth.

To remove stains from tile grout, add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your disinfectant cleaning solution. Lemon brightens and whitens. When cleaning with essential oils on a new surface, always test in an inconspicuous spot for suitability. A product of Mother Nature, essential oils are potent.

Remove Mold And Mildew

Cinnamon and clove essential oils kill and remove mold spores and mold that tends to appear in damp areas such as bathroom shower stalls, around toilets and tubs, and in the laundry room and kitchen. Tea Tree, Pine, Spruce, and Wintergreen kill yeast spores. In a spray bottle, combine a total of three tablespoons of your preferred essential oils with one cup of organic vinegar and two cups of warm water. Spray on moldy surfaces and wait 15 minutes. Wipe surfaces clean with a damp cloth.

Cuts Through Grease

Citrus essential oils such as lime, lemon and mainly orange as well as Tea Tree oil have powerful grease cutting properties. To quickly cut through thick grease and grime mix a quarter cup of sweet orange essential oil with one cup of organic vinegar, one cup of warm water, and one tablespoon of castile soap.