Ways to Save on Those Hot Summer Days

Summer is here and the heat is going into full effect. In Florida we all know how unbearably hot it can get and cooling yourself off indoors can mean expensive energy bills. With our smart home, energy management solutions instead of wasting money, you can use your home’s power in the most efficient ways so you can save on those costly summer bills. You will be able to save money every month without even raising a finger.



How much exactly can you save by adding smart devises to your home? Studies have shown that consumers can save 10% on their monthly summer cooling and winter heating bills.

Through platforms like and Control4, J&J Security offers a wide range of smart home solutions including; thermostats, lighting control, and control over your appliances.

Save When You Are Not Home

Let’s face it, most of the day when it is the hottest outside, we are not home therefore we are wasting money when the thermostat is left at 75 degrees. Sure you can manually adjust the thermostat before you leave but many people will forget to and even if you don’t you will come home to a uncomfortable house. That’s never fun after a long day of work.

With our smart thermostats your home can detect that you are home or away in two ways. The first is we can integrate the thermostat into your alarm system. That way every time you are your thermostat to away the thermostat adjusts up and then when you disarm the system it adjusts back down.

The second way your home will know when you are home or away is through geo-fencing (through your smart phone). Your system will know your location and whether you are in your home. When the last person leaves with their smart phone the temperature adjusts up. When you are your way home the thermostat will go back down and by the time you return home your house will be at a cool and comfortable temperature.

Why did you leave the door open? Were you raised in a barn?

Growing up I heard this phrase all the time when I would leave the door open. Kids are always running in and out of the house during the summer and constantly forget to shut the door behind them. Don’t waste money trying to cool your house while these doors are open.

Don’t worry, there is a smart solution that can help you. With’s auto-setback feature your home will know when an outside door is left open and will adjust your thermostat temperature up. Then when the door is shut again the temperature will go back down and your home can cool off efficiently.

Don’t Do the Impossible

During the hottest of summer days, it can be nearly impossible to keep your home in the mid to low 70s. The lower you want the temperature in your home, the harder your AC unit has to work. If you would like, on those days that are 95 degrees or hotter your system can stay just a few degrees higher saving you tons of money on your electrical bill. Even though your home is a few degrees warmer than normal you will hardly even notice the difference since it will still be much cooler then it is outside. When it cools off at night the system knows and will adjust your thermostat back to its normal level. 

More Ways to Save

With additional smart home devices like lighting control and appliance modules you can save even more on your monthly bills. Smart lighting can even be set up to know when you are in the room and when you are not so the lights can turn on and off automatically. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information on ways you can add smart home solutions to your home.


When Lightning Stikes...

Unexpected lightning storms can put a real dent in your plans. You might have plans to go to the beach or that event in the park. These things might be annoying but the fact of the matter is that lightning storms can cost you a lot of money if your home is not protected. There are about 1.45 million lightning strikes in Florida every year. Many of these strikes hit the electrical circuits in people’s homes. A home without the proper surge protection can lose a few of their electrical devices or everything depending on how direct the hit was. For some people this might cost them tens of thousands of dollars to replace.

Have no fear though, there are ways to protect your home in the event of a lightning strike. The first thing that I would recommend is making sure that your insurance company will pay out on a lighting strike. You might be saying, “well my deductible is pretty high and I don’t want them to raise my rate.” You are absolutely correct but it is still a good precaution because no method guarantees 100% that a lighting strike won’t affect the devices in your home.

  • Have professionally installed lightning rods that are properly grounded

  • Make sure your tall trees are a safe distance from your house

  • For your expensive appliances invest in a very good surge protector with a warranty

  • Unplug the easy to get to electronic devices

  • Do not talk on a corded phone in a lightning storm. 5% of people that were struck by lightning were talking on the phone.

  • Unplug your cable and internet from your cable modem. I have seen lightning strikes come through these lines and fry thousands of dollars in equipment.

In the event that your home is struck by lightning and it has damaged your security system, TVs, or any audio/equipment call us. We have worked with many insurance companies over the years and we will help you in the process of making a claim.