I will be the first to admit it when I say that I have a control issue with lights in my house. I run around the house like my life depend on it turning off lights that other members of my household (my kids) decide to turn on randomly and forget to turn off. In the grand scheme of things, what’s one extra light bulb turned on for an extended period of time you may say? Well it’s extra money out of your pocket and if all the billions of people around the world did the same thing, we might just have an epidemic on our hands! Let’s face it, leaving lights on when not needed burns extra energy and ultimately increases emissions to produce that energy, because we all know that we have not perfected green energy. This world still operates on coal, oil and other nonrenewable energies. Ok, stepping off my soap box and getting back to the heart of the matter. There is a solution for this problem if it bothers you as much as it bothers me.
The solution is lights that control themselves! That’s right, there are a number of options that you can use to intelligently turn off your lights when you forget to turn them off yourself and some of the solutions so not need to break the bank.
Of course, there are your more expensive alternatives like the products sold by Smart Home. At Smart Home you can rig up your house like George Jetson did in the futuristic cartoon show in the 80’s. You can get control systems that can control every light, shade, garage door, security, HVAC and other systems in your house all from the convenience of a touch pad of even through the internet. Trust me you can also spend a fortune doing it, but for those who have a few bucks to spend and want something a little more sophisticated, Smart Home might be your answer.
For the rest of us, there is another company called Conserv A Store which sells a programmable light control for a standard bulb that goes for $16.99 with free shipping. You can program it to automatically turn on the light at dusk and then have it turn off after a certain period of time.
No more do you come home from a 10 hour day to realize that the kids have left 4 lights on all day. Consider taking control back by installing a few of these in you problematic areas and you can not only help preserve energy but also put some money back into your pocket when your electric bill arrives. Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you.