Did you know that in 2020 there were more than 100,000 robberies with violence in Spanish homes? You may think that this will never happen to you and that your home is totally safe, but is it really? It is important to know how secure your home is and what measures you must implement to improve it. To do this, today we are sharing this checklist so you can discover how safe your home is.
Checklist to know if your home is safe
If your home meets these points on our list, you can consider it safe. If not, get down to work to improve the security of your home for your peace of mind, whether you are indoors, outdoors or on vacation.
1. Armoured doors. They are the ones that offer the highest level of security and are composed of a sheet and a steel frame.
2. Security locks. With a bowler resistant to theft methods more frequent like bumping. The rest of the elements must be reinforced with shields and anti-crowbar hinges.
3. Security enclosures such as bars, fixed or not, installed in the windows easier to access from the outside. Single-family homes, the attics and the ground floor are the homes most likely to need this type of security measure that have a significant deterrent from robberies.
4. If you are looking for extra protection, it is best to choose an aluminium blind model with a self-locking system, which prevents the blind from lift if it is forced from the outside, since its special slat system blocks it.
5. Lighting or ignition systems to make it look like someone is there always at home. There are mechanisms pretending that there are people inside the home, like automatic timers that turn lights or electrical appliances such as television or radio on and off.
6. Alarm system and security cameras in your home, connected directly to the police station, which will ensure that you are totally safe. It is a deterrent measure for thieves that guarantees the security of your home and of those who live in it. From Mileniun Levante we recommend ADT’s alarm and security cameras services. With this service, you will have a high security interactive alarm that offers you total control of your home through your mobile with verified video and audio, immediate response from the central and notification to police or remote control among others. Find out here all about the benefits of having it in your home!
If you are concerned about your energy consumption at home and want to save surprises on your bill every month, we give you 7 tips to save energy with easy solutions available to everyone.
1. Adjust the electrical power to the needs of your home.
You must bear in mind that a large part of what you pay on your electricity bill is the contracted power. To know what is the power that you need, we recommend you to read the instructions of the electrical appliances so you can estimate the cost of their operation. Thus, you will be able to know what is the real power that you need.
2. Choose electricity rates with hourly discrimination.
How are the rates with hourly discrimination? Two periods of consumption are established, each one with its price:
- Peak hours: from 12:00 noon to 22:00 at night in winter and from 13:00 in the afternoon to 23:00 at night in summer.
- The off-peak hours: would be the rest of the hours. It is in these off-peak hours when you can save approximately 47% compared to the base rate.
3. Check the electrical installation.
When was the last time you checked your electrical installation? Keeping your home electrical system in good condition, such as switches, sockets or connections, can help you to save a significant percentage on your bill. It is advisable to do a review at least every 10 years, if your home is brand new, and every 5 years if your home is more than 25 years old since it was built.
4. Use LED bulbs.
Around 25% of the light that is consumed in homes is usually in lighting, therefore, we recommend using LED bulbs, both for their duration and for their performance, so that your electricity consumption is more efficient.
5. Monitor the silent consumption of electrical appliances.
Did you know that turning off stand-by appliances in your home can help you save up to 10% on your bill? It is important to turn off everything that is on stand-by such as televisions, computers, music equipment … etc.
6. Choose and use appliances wisely.
If you want to save on your bill, consuming around 55% less energy, invest in efficient appliances with the A +, A ++ or A +++ energy label. Even if its price seems higher, in the long run, you will win.
In addition, if you use the programs with lower temperatures you can also reduce the cost of your bill, for example:
- The washing machine: selecting the programs with between 40ºC and 60ºC suppose a saving of 40% in light.
- The Dishwasher: the Eco programs work at around 50ºC.
- The refrigerator: control the area where it is installed and keep it away from heat sources. Thus, regulate its temperature between 3º and 7º and make sure that the back is ventilated and free of dust.
7. Control the temperature when using air conditioning and heating.
Last but not the least, it is to properly regulate the temperature of our home when we use the air conditioning or heating. Keep in mind that for every degree above 20º, the heating consumes between 5% and 7% more energy. In the case of air conditioning, each degree below 25º implies approximately 8% more energy.
As you have already seen, with these small gestures we can save on our electricity bill considerably. From Mileniun Levante we offer you a free electricity consumption study of your home to achieve efficiency and savings on your next bill. Would you like to talk?
Good morning. My community will carry out some repairs which include to remove the flooring on the corridor of my house. For that, we will need to move into another property eventually. I know that I am obliged to permit the works are done, but can I request a compensation?
Administrator: Juan López
To answer to your question we take as reference art9.1 c) LPH, saying that the owner is obliged to permit any work that the community need to do in his property and also the access to the property allowing any action that has to be taken during the solution of the issue.
The owner will have the right of being compensated by the community for the inconveniences or damages caused. Also, the Civil Code art 1902 states that any person who cause any damage to a third party, due to action is obliged to repair the damage.
“who causes damages to others, proactively or due lack of actions, shall repair the damage”. In virtue of this art., the co-owner obliged to move due communal works shall be compensated. Should the community refuse, do claim that decision as it is in the law the right for the affected owner