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Holiday Lights: Save Money with Lighting Control

Holiday Lights: Save Money with Lighting Control

Accidentally leaving your holiday lights on overnight - or worse all day - can be expensive. Clark Griswold really did it up in the 1989 classic "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Kim Komando estimates it would cost about $3,456 to light Griswold's 25,000 bulbs...

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Monitored Fire Protection: What You Need to Know

Monitored Fire Protection: What You Need to Know

Fire protection is one of the most valuable parts of a security or home automation system. What Is Monitored Fire Protection? A monitored smoke/fire detector is connected to a professionally-monitored system and as soon as smoke is detected, the monitoring station can...

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Smart Home Technology Helps Sells Homes

Smart Home Technology Helps Sells Homes

Today’s home buyers don’t just want smart home technology, they expect it. “If a buyer under 35 walks into a home without a smart thermostat they’re walking out,” says Jim Hibbs, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group in Des Moises, Iowa.  “If a home...

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DIY Security: What to Consider

DIY Security: What to Consider

The number of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) security systems and products are growing and the options are tempting. But, DIY security isn’t for everyone. If your DIY security system doesn’t work right or isn’t installed right, it could be more of a pain than it is worth. There...

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