Electricity Consumption Awareness

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Being a Lutron Ambassador as part of a Mom Central Consulting campaign has given me more electricity consumption awareness than I have ever had before. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating. I would have shared this information with you anyway because we have been trying to improve our electricity consumption awareness and lower our electric bill.  

Sometimes, it seems like I automatically flip a light on even when I don’t need it.  I often forget things like shutting off the Keurig when I am done with it.  I know it will power down automatically eventually so I just leave it on.  My husband turns the television on at 5am for the news and I often find he forgets to turn it off so it plays endlessly while I am working.  I know that all of this adds up to extra money on our electric bill and puts extra strain on the Earth’s resources.

electricity consumption awareness

Electricity Consumption Awareness

Since receiving the Lutron Occupancy Sensor Switch, I am noticing when the light comes on and by noticing when something is turned on, I find myself making sure that it’s really off. If one of the kids does forget to turn off the light, I like knowing that the Lutron Occupancy Sensor Switch will remember.  Just that bit of awareness has encouraged me to take a look at a few other areas of our electricity consumption.  I have found myself hanging a few more loads of clothes each week and turning the water off when I am washing dishes.

If you are looking for ways to cut your electricity consumption, the Lutron Occupancy Sensor Switch is definitely an easy place to start.  It’s very easy to install. You can read about the installation process.  I did most of the installation by myself with just a little bit of guidance from my father. It senses when someone enters the room and turns on the light if there isn’t enough light in the room. When a person leaves & it senses no more movement, it will turn the light off.  There are adjustments you can make to personalize how this happens.

How to install a sensor light switch

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  1. I learned that you can install the switch in 15 minutes, and it's great to install it in a kids room so that I don't have to nag them to turn off the light :)
  2. The Maestro sensor can be installed in 15 minutes
  3. I learned that they have an energy savings calculator on their website. Also have how to links to help you with several things.
  4. I have dimmers now and love mine! But I did not know that they now have hand-held remote, wall-mounted keypad, tabletop control, and iPad or iPhone control! That is very cool!
  5. Keely Hostetter says
    I like that the occupancy sensor doesn't turn on if there is adequate sunlight in the room
  6. I learned it sense daylight and only turns on when needed. That's great!
  7. Robin Wilson says
    Lighting accounts for 20% of your monthly electric bill ~ whew!
  8. I learned that the kitchen is the room in which the lights are left on most often. That makes sense. I am guilty of leaving the stove light on overnight
    They have a really cool graphic about leaving the lights on, that explains the effects of that action. 
  10. lighting accounts for 39% of annual electricity use.
  11. It works with all light bulbs.
  12. I learned that over 50% of electric waste occurs when there are lights on with noone in the room.
  13. That is a nice idea! I too forget to turn off lights, and my kids do a lot! They always think they need the lights on and I will turn them off.
  14. I learned the kitchen is where the lights are left on when unoccupied.
  15. I learned that I could (allegedly) install this by myself in about 15 minutes. Allegedly.
  16. I learned that 44% of people would find having an automatic sensor most helpful in the bathroom.

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