Use sensors and timers
It's hard to remember to turn off lights and other devices when they're not in use. Timers and occupancy sensors work automatically so you can see maximum savings on your utility bill without extra effort.
How it works:
- Timers plug into wall outlets and control electricity to the outlet according to a schedule you set. This way, timers regulate power to lamps or other devices plugged into them.
- Occupancy sensors use motion or heat sensors and cut power to an outlet when the room is unoccupied. The most common models replace your traditional light switch, and you can customize the sensor's delay time to suit your preferences.
Where should I use timers and sensors? Timers and occupancy sensors can save energy all around the home, but there are several smart places to start. For example, use timers on lights or devices you turn off at night, but want on in the morning. Sensors are ideal for rooms people enter and leave frequently, like a family room, or areas where a forgotten light would not be seen, like a laundry room or garage.
Good to know: Some timers, sensors, and other lighting controls are not compatible with all CFL lights. If you plan to use these products together, buy models that are specifically labeled for that purpose, such as CFL-compatible timers or timer-compatible CFLs and LEDs.
Good for kids: When kids move from one room to the next as they play, do homework, or have a snack, they may forget to turn off the lights when they leave a room. Timers and sensors can help ensure that lights aren't left on in unoccupied rooms.