DIY Money Saving Tip: Save on Electricity by Installing Motion Sensors

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by on February 7, 2012

installing motion light sensorsAt least 3 – 4 times a day I would ask my kids to turn off their bedroom lights and it never failed that every time I passed by their rooms the light was back on – and they were off playing somewhere else.  This is just a big pet peeve of mine, because obviously it is a waste of energy – and I just picture throwing dollar bills in the garbage.

I had to make a change that would not require relying on my kids to turn off their lights and that is when I decided to Install Motion Sensors in their rooms.  This was very easy to do and affordable.

Motion Sensor Switches can be purchased at your local hardware store or Amazon.  They typically run between $20 and $40.

There are two types of Motion Sensor Switches:Wall Motion Sensor Switch

  • Occupancy Switch: The light will turn on when you enter the room and will turn off when you leave the room after a selected amount of time.  Ideal for Bathroom and Laundry Rooms.
  • Vacancy Switch: You manually turn the light on but when you leave the room it turns off after a selected amount of time. Ideal for Bedrooms, Kids Rooms, Rooms with pets.

For a kid’s room, it is better to select a Vacancy Motion Sensor Switch because you are able to enter the room without the light automatically turning on, like when you have to go in to their room in the middle of the night.

The process of installing a Motion Sensor Switch is similar to installing a standard light switch.  Make sure the power is turned completely off before starting the process.

Although I installed my light switch myself, it is highly recommended to hire a Professional Electrician to install it for you.

On most models, you will be able to adjust the Timeout Length and Motion Sensitivity.  On the model that I purchased, I was able to choose the Timeout Length that the light would turn off from 1 minute to 30 minutes.  I chose 15 minutes in case the kids were laying on their beds where the motion sensor would not be able to detect them and they would not have to keep waving their hands every 5 minutes.

So instead of lights staying on for hours at a time because the kids forgot to turn off the light, it will automatically turn off, which  saves energy and money!Although the initial investment may seem like a lot, the overall savings on the Electricity Bill will supersede that in the first year and give you a bit more peace of mind.

Guest Post by Ben Hurst an entrepreneur, project manager, marketer, and the other half of Saving Cents with Sense.

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