It’s a well-known fact that keeping your house well lit can deter burglars. Even so, not everyone uses the appropriate amount of lighting, largely due to a fear of high electric bills. Fortunately, there are many inexpensive ways to light up your home, including the following
Use Solar Lights
Solar lights cost nothing to operate aside from their initial investment, making them one of the least expensive ways to light up your home. Place solar lights around the perimeter of your home as well as along sidewalks, outdoor decks and porches. Not only will solar lights save you money, but they will also add a bit of ambience to your landscape to make spending time outdoors more enjoyable.
Use a combination of the following types of solar lights to provide adequate coverage for your yard:
Stakes, which may be used singly or in clusters near walkways and garden paths
Lanterns, a type that is perfect for shepherd’s hooks or atop fence rails
Gazing balls, which are ideal for lighting up flower beds and shrubbery
Strands, in order to light up a privacy fence, deck, or garden arch
Add Motion Sensors
Not all areas need to be illuminated at all times. Locations such as your front porch or entryway might only require lighting whenever you are coming and going. For places such as these, motion sensors would be an appropriate choice. Not only will you not have to fumble with a light switch, but they can also warn you whenever someone is approaching. Many burglars decide to flee once they discover they have inadvertently triggered a motion sensor. After all, most of them would rather not have a spotlight shining on them.
Place Timers on your Lights
It’s not enough just to keep the outside of your home well lit. Anyone who is casing your property will be watching to see when you are coming and going. One way they distinguish this is by seeing whether or not you have lights on. Many people leave lights constantly burning, which is something that can be expensive to do over time.
Adding timers will eliminate the problem of having to leave lights on when you are away. Timers could be beneficial even when you are at home-here’s why. Most people have a certain routine that they follow whenever they are at home. By watching for this pattern, burglars can detect when your bedtime is and plan their activities accordingly. That will be much harder to do if you have timers turning your lights on and off in the middle of the night. Since thieves will not be able to tell if you are truly awake, they will probably bypass your home in favor of another.
Lighting up your house to prevent theft does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. With these money-saving solutions you can easily meet your lighting needs without breaking your budget. Best of all, you’ll add beauty and value to your home at the same time.