You might think it's not a big deal to leave your lights on for several hours when not they are not actually in use, and that the cost is practically negligible. But, with time, it could add up to hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over years. Unfortunately, it’s not compulsory to save energy. That said, people are becoming more cognizant of the important of being environmentally conscious and are investing time to look for ways to reduce their monthly utility bills. There are many ways you can accomplish this. Here are a few worthy of your consideration.
Use Occupancy Sensors
This is a great way to proactively save money and energy, and, it's the most sophisticated as it requires the installation of a motion detector and related components. The occupancy sensors are designed to be used in the interior part of the home and work exactly like the motion detector but it’s more advanced than the motion detector because it switches on the light when someone entered the room and switches it off when the room is empty.
There are two types of occupancy sensors: the Ultrasonic sensor (that uses sounds to detect if someone is inside a room or not) and the Infrared sensor (detects if the room is occupied or not through the presence of body heat and /or movement).
Installing Motion sensors
Another way to save energy is by installing a motion sensor. Unlike the occupancy sensor, the motion sensor can be used both in the interior and exterior part of the home. It automatically switches on or off the light when it detects movement. In addition, it can also serve as a security system without increasing your energy consumption rates.
Using the Astronomical time clock scheduling
This type of method can be used to dim or switch off the light at a certain period of the day. This type of method is used in companies and places where the building is empty at a certain time of the day. The time clock scheduling will automatically switch on or off the light at the period scheduled for it to do so. Therefore, this method is more reliable and can be used to prevent light pollution and to save energy. Further, if used for residential applications in the Albany area, it gives the appearance that someone is home and might even help prevent potential burglaries.
This method can save around 18-20% energy. It provides two levels of “On” and “Off” authentication before switching on or off the light.
These are just a few methods you can consider to help you save energy in your home or place of business. If you are not comfortable working with electrical wiring and devices, we recommend considering hiring a certified electrician to help you with the installation and safety checks.
If you have other needs requiring a professional, please consider McCauley Electrical, a licensed electrician that services all of Albany and the Capital Region.