It’s almost April 22. Do you remember the first Earth Day? I was in high school, and there was plenty of attention paid to energy conservation back in 1970 – even though a gallon of gas only cost $.36. That first Earth Day was instrumental in the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act. By 1990 Earth Day was globally mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries to focus on environmental issues.
Of course, the oil crisis of 1973 also got everyone’s attention. We can trace several milestones back to that time:
- 1974 – Imposition of US national speed limit of 55 mph (later revised upward in places)
- 1975 – Initiation of US Strategic Petroleum Reserve
- 1977 – Creation of cabinet-level Department of Energy
Today, more than 40 years after the first Earth Day, we are still working hard to find new forms of energy, and wiser ways to use it. And the home alarm industry has joined the effort, with new systems that do a lot more than protect your home and family from intrusion and fire. Now you can control lights, locks, and even thermostats from any web connection – even on your smart phone, with a free web app. For the advanced alarm companies, and their customers, home security has finally come of age.
That’s right: from your iPhone, BlackBerry, or Droid device, you can get temperature alerts, and raise or lower the temperature in your home. Many customers using these features are remotely controlling their home controls for energy efficiency when nobody is home, and saving money in the process. And it’s not just one way communication – the best systems alert you when the temperature is above or below a designated point, so you can react from wherever you are. With the price of heating and cooling today, the savings generated by these smart home features can more than pay for the monthly cost of a fully interactive alarm system with safer cellular monitoring, including intrusion, fire, video, and remote control of lights, locks, and thermostats – all for under $50.
These systems are a lot smarter – and a lot more cost effective than the traditional alarm system offered by most alarm companies. Plus, you shouldn’t have to pay a lot up front for the equipment. It used to be that when somebody mentioned “home automation,” you had to think about a second mortgage to pay for it. Happily, when you pick the right company for alarm and home automation services, those days are over.
Make sure you are doing everything you can to protect and control your home, whether you’re home or away. Check out FrontPoint Security and our comprehensive list of security and home automation services, guaranteed to give you peace of mind and save you money. And that’s what FrontPoint does best: we’re the #1 ranked home alarm company in the US. When you are ready for safer, smarter, simpler, more affordable, and virtually impossible to defeat, FrontPoint is your clear choice. And, you’ll know you are doing your part for energy conservation. Happy Earth Day!