Saving money on your electric bills, part 1

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Everybody loves to save money. One of the easy areas to cut your monthly expenses is on your electric bill. There are multiple products on the market today that can cut your electric bill and still deliver the same quality service you're accustomed to. 

When my sons were young, they had a propensity to enter a room, turn on a light and leave with the light still on. Initially, it was irritating, but over time, rather than get frustrated with them I did something to make sure that it was no longer an issue. I installed a motion sensing light switch in the area where the lights were the most likely to be left on by unconscious boys (and adults). 

The motion sensing switches are reasonably inexpensive too (approximately $20). The way they work is that when you enter a room the swtich senses your presence and the lights come on. When you leave the room, the lights will stay on at a predetermined time (mine is set for 5 minutes), and then they automatically cut off. There is no flipping switches. You just walk in, and you walk out. The motion sensing switch does all the work for you. No more lights left on.

The second cost cutting device I incorporated into my home was a digitial timer switch. In my case, this switch is used for exterior lights. The switch will only allow the lights to be on during predetermined times. I use this one on a rental property that I rent out for weekend retreats. Those who use the property have been notorious for leaving a high intensity fixture on for days (and weeks) on end. So, I installed a timed switch. This switch allows me to have it come on automatically at a specific time (typically dusk), and then it turns itself off at a specific time. 

These switches can be installed by a homeowner. They have good instructions, but if you feel uncomfortable dealing with electricity, by all means call us to have them installed. If you do decide to install them yourself, please turn the power off on the circuits associated with the switches, read the instructions well and install the device. Reinstall the device into the box, turn the power back on and test. If everything is done correctly, you will be on the path to saving money. 


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Marilyn Wier
RE/MAX Space Center - League City, TX
Your League City & Surrounding Areas REALTOR!

These are great tips for cutting down electricity costs. I think all homes should be equipted with these money saving tools. I'm sure big electric companies will beg to differ!

Dec 04, 2013 01:48 AM #1
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

You're probably right on that, Marilyn. 8-)

Dec 04, 2013 01:57 AM #2
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Those are great ideas!  I guess the motion-sensor lights wouldn't be a great idea for a room where one might sit and read a book or something.   On page 5 when reading the scary scene about the murderer sneaking up on the woman reading a book on her couch, and AHHHHHH, the lights go out.

But in other rooms, I think those would work great!

Dec 04, 2013 03:20 AM #3
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

These sound like good solutions for many; however I have it covered, I live alone, and I turn out the lights anytime I walk out of a room.  

Dec 04, 2013 04:41 AM #4
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great ideas Mike!  It's so cool to offer easy fixes that don't cost a lot.  Your ROI is pretty short on these!

I'm thinking of installing a timer on my hot water heater!


Dec 04, 2013 05:10 AM #5
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

That might be a bit scary, Kat. Yeow!

There you go, Barbara. It's a lot easier at my house now that the boys are gone. I miss them, but I like those new electric bills. 8-)

That's in my next blog, Jan. That water heater is 15% of your electric bill. Stick that puppy on there. 8-)

Dec 04, 2013 05:31 AM #7
Jim Patton
Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816 - Turlock, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.

Great tips Mike and all pretty easily done.  Thanks for sharing.

Dec 04, 2013 12:34 PM #8
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Real easy tips to follow Mike.  Thanks.

Dec 04, 2013 07:10 PM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

With my small place and as much traffic as we have it would be like a Morse Code on-off, on-off

Dec 04, 2013 07:45 PM #10
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