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Don't Waste Your Money: How affordable is lightning protection for homes?

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Have you ever seen a lightning strike near your home? Have you ever thought about what would happen if lightning hit your home? There are ways you can protect everything near and dear to you.

We are now at the start of lightning season, which runs all summer through June, July, and August in most of the U.S.

It's hard to believe, but the National Weather Service reports more than 20 million lighting strikes each year in the country. Each year, several hundred homes go up in flames after being struck.

New Subdivisions Riskier For Lightning

Many newer developments have no hills or large trees around, making them an ideal target for lightning. Roofs on new homes are the highest point in the area.

So if you are concerned, several companies make residential protection systems.

Tony Riley is the president of a company that sells lightning protection, and says the cost of lightning rods is well worth it.

"Lightning protection is great peace of mind, as far as protecting your family, your pets, heirlooms, your property," he said.

Riley's company, Ohio Valley Lightning Protection, will place several copper rods on your roof,  connected by thick copper wires to metal stakes in the ground.

Most cities have one company that will install rods. You can usually find them by searching online with your city and the words "lightning protection."

What You Get

Riley says protection for the average two-story home costs around $3,000.

"For a basic home, anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000," Riley said, "consists of five roof points and three to four grounds surrounding the home."

It may sound pricey, but it can protect against a 3 million volt lightning hit. Plus, it can save more than $100,000 in damage, and weeks of repairs, if your home is struck.

Unfortunately, due to the heights involved, on the very peak of roofs, this is not a DIY job for most homeowners.

If you can't afford lightning protection, you should be able to afford some quality surge protectors for your electronics. They won't help if lightning strikes your house, but if it hits nearby and causes a power surge, they can help save your electronics.

Do your research so you don't waste your money.

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