Timers and Sensors: Smart Technology That Can Help Curb Wasted Energy

light timers and sensorsSaving energy and money is often a matter of taking better control of when your lights and other devices are using power. Timers and sensors can give you that control and allow you to reduce the amount of energy that is used throughout your home.


Timers are devices that control the amount of time a particular light, appliance, or other device receives energy from the outlet. They are designed to plug directly into an electrical outlet. In turn, the light or device is plugged into the timer. The timer will have a dial or other control that lets you determine when the lamp or appliance plugged into the timer receives power and when that power shuts off.

For example, if you’re going to be out of town for a few days, timers can be used to make certain lights come on at specific times during the day and evening to give the illusion that someone is at home, instead of leaving lights on for days on end and wasting energy for the same effect. Timers are useful because they turn electricity supplies off and on automatically, whether you are there to check on them or not.


Sensors, including motion sensors and heat sensors, detect when someone is nearby through body motion or body heat. These sensors can be set up to turn lights on when someone walks into a room, for example, then turn the lights off when the person leaves. They can be useful for families with children who may forget to turn lights off when they leave a room, or for areas of the house where a light could be forgotten about and left on for days at a time.

Sage Builders, LLC is a general contractor serving customers in Newton, MA and surrounding communities. Contact us today for more information on how the use of timers and sensors can trim your energy costs and improve energy efficiency throughout your home.

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