Burglaries happen every single day in the United States. Home safety is important. There are things you can do to deter and prevent burglaries in your home and make it safer. Prevention is the best medicine. Prevent burglaries from occurring in your home by installing a home alarm system and much more. Keep reading for more home safety tips.
- When you leave your home for more than a day at a time, prevent burglaries by planning ahead. Increase your home safety by stopping your mail via your local post office or ask your neighbor to collect your mail for you. If you have newspapers thrown in your yard, ask a neighbor to collect those too. If you have a home alarm system be sure to set it. If you have a home safe be sure to put all of your valuables in it and lock it too. Make sure it is a large safe, or most burglars will simply take the safe without taking time to try to open it and risk setting off the home alarm.
- Leave a light on a timer. They are affordable and worth the investment in an effort to prevent burglaries and increase home safety. Motion-sensor lights on the outside of your home serve the same purpose. Lots of light deters burglars and creates a home safety environment.
You can easily conduct a home energy audit yourself. With a simple but diligent walk-through, you can spot many problems in any type of house. When auditing your home, keep a checklist of areas you have inspected and problems you found. This list will help you prioritize your energy efficiency upgrades.
Locate Air Leaks
Check for indoor air leaks, such as gaps along the baseboard or edge of the flooring and at junctures of the walls and ceiling. Check to see if air can flow through these places:
- Electrical outlets
- Switch plates
- Window frames
- Weather stripping around doors
- Fireplace dampers
- Attic hatches
- Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners
If you are like me and don’t have a lot of storage space, you have to get creative with ways to organize closets. Here are a few tips to help get your closets clutter free and easily accessible.
- Use plastic bins or zippered clothing bags – contents are visible, you can label them for easy identification, and they allow for easy stacking on shelves. Shelving can be easily installed by the House Doctors if you don’t already have shelves in your closet.
- Stack shoes on a shoe rack to keep them easily accessible and off the floor. Alternatively, you can get a hanging shoe organizer to put on the back of the closet door.
- Put things at higher reach that aren’t used often. For instance; seasonal clothing, guest linens, baby clothes, etc.
- Sort clothing by season and color. Short sleeve, long sleeve, etc. It doesn’t have to be exact, just enough for you to quickly find that black scoop neck t-shirt when you need it.
This winter, save money and stay warm. Keep your energy bill and your pollution output low this winter by taking a whole-house approach to heating.
- During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable when home.
- By resetting your programmable thermostat from 72 degrees to 65 degrees for eight hours a day (for instance, while no one is home or while everyone is tucked in bed) you can cut your heating bill by up to 10 percent.
- Weatherize your home—caulk and weatherstrip any doors and windows that leak air.
- Properly maintain and clean heating equipment.
- Replace furnace filters regularly.
- Check the insulation in your attic, ceilings, exterior and basement walls, floors, and crawl spaces to see if it meets the levels recommended for your area.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Here are some tips for keeping the Winter weather from taking it’s toll on your home. Checking these items can keep your heating bill down and prevent damage to your home this Winter.
- Remove your hoses from the outside faucets. If left on the valve will freeze and break in the wall causing a leak to appear in the Spring when you go to use the hose.
- Check weatherstrip around doors and windows. This can let in a lot of cold air and cost you more for heating. Older homes have older weatherstrip and it can be updated to a newer and better weatherstrip quite simply.
- Be sure your windows close tightly and latch securely.
- Installing storm windows on older single pane windows can help conserve energy.
- If you have plumbing running through a crawl space you need to confirm that the pipes are not freezing. Insulation or heat tape on the pipes can help keep them from freezing.
- Additional attic or wall insulation can help conserve energy.
- Watch for ice dams forming on your roof. They can lead to water leaks when the ice/snow begins to melt. The ice dams keep water from flowing into the gutters or off the roof.