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7 eco-friendly ways to keep your home safe while you're traveling

Aug. 18, 2011, 1:07 p.m.
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Hire a neighbor to house-sit

You might have a helpful friend as a neighbor, or maybe there's a responsible teen or college kid nearby who's looking for extra money. These are great candidates to watch your place while you're blazing a trail elsewhere. The good samaritan won't have to waste gas getting your place, since he or she is in walking or biking distance as a neighbor, and there are several sitter duties that'll give the illusion that you're home — deterring unsavory activity.