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

By: Ashley Chase on Aug. 18, 2011, 1:07 p.m.
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Have your house-sitter double as a pet-sitter

Boarding pets can put a major dent in your wallet. You'll still pay your sitter, but probably less than what the pet hotel charges. Leaving the beasts at home is greener because they don't have to be transported anywhere, and no extra grooming or feeding supplies will be spent on them — they can just use their normal stuff in the comfort of their own home. Having them at home increases security because their alertness and ability to cause a commotion will deter intruders. (Though this mostly only applies to dogs. Your cat will probably ignore an intruder the same way she does everyone else.)