Saving time and energy in the home is no small feat. There are tons of areas inside and outside the house where a person can reap in the savings while using less energy that puts a strain on our natural resources. The types of energy savings you can perform will be based on your particular home. Yet just about everybody can save on money and energy when making smart lighting choices. One way to prolong the life of your light bulbs and fixtures while using less energy involves leveraging timers during your daily life.
Timers Are A Simple And Effective Way To Reduce Energy Waste
Timers are electronic devices that are hooked up to your lighting fixtures to control the on and off functions of your indoor lighting or outdoor lighting. The timers may be manual or programmable devices where you may turn on and off the devices at a whim or set a certain time when the timers will shut off certain lights. The types of timers that you can use will be based on the location of the lights, the lighting fixtures that are in use, and when you desire to have the timers work.
Most manual timers will be compatible with different types of light bulbs such as LEDs, CFLs and incandescent. If you are purchasing a programmable timer, you will need to check the packaging to see which lighting product that the timer can be used for to ensure proper operation.
Outdoor timers are often used for security purposes and as landscape lighting when there is a need to turn on or off the light when a person is not available to do it manually. Many outdoor timers will also be equipped with photo sensors that can tell when the sun goes down and comes up to control the outdoor lights efficiently. These lights are very useful when the seasons change and the amount of daylight changes so you do not have to reprogram the timer.
People often don’t consider timers for the inside of their homes except during the holidays or vacations. You can hook up the timers to holiday lights so that they will switch on and off for the most enjoyment. In the evenings when you are out on vacation, you can set the timers to automatically turn on the lights in when it gets dark outside to make it appear that someone is home to fool burglars.
Yet you should also consider using indoor timers on a daily basis to drastically slash utility bills so you can save more money and energy. The types of timers you should have in the room will be based on their function and the lighting. Basements and utility rooms can have timer switches where you can set the number of minutes you will be in the room by turning the knob. When the timer hits zero, the lights switch off. There are also motion sensor timers that will sense movement in the room to turn the lights on. Then when there is nobody in the room for a certain amount of time, the timer will turn out the lights.
Selecting Timers For Aesthetic Purposes
Timers don’t have to stand out in the room or be an eyesore as they can easily blend in with the rest of the decor. Plug-in timers can be hidden behind a couch or other furniture pieces so that they are out of sight. Some programmable timers look similar to a room’s thermostat with a small digital display. Other timers have the appearance of wall plates so they can easily be adjusted without having an overbearing presence in the room.
The types of lighting timers that are on the market are varied, so you can find the one that is ideal for your home. Also, you should invest in other timers used for appliances and sprinklers as you will see the savings to your utility bills.