Save Power With a Light Switch Timer

light-switch-timerIf you are the kind of person who routinely forgets to turn out the lights before you leave your house then a light switch timer might be a good solution. You can set each of your home lights to shut down during the hours you know you’ll be at work, for example.

This is the kind of power reduction that really helps to reduce your bill.

Installing a light switch timer is a relatively easy DIY project. It’s similar to replacing a light switch or adding a dimmer switch. As always, of course, you will need to get help from a qualified electrician if you feel uncomfortable tackling any part of this project.

Your first task will be to go down to the hardware store. Purchase the programmable light switch timer of your choice.

Try to find one that offers a random light switch option in addition to the timer option. The random lights won’t help you save money on your bill, but they are useful for keeping your home safe when you go out of town, so long as you get your mail and your papers picked up as well.

Once you have the programmable switch you’ll just need the usual equipment: a screwdriver, electrical tape, wire caps in the appropriate sizes, and a pair of wire strippers.

As always, you’re going to begin by cutting power to the switch at the breaker box. Then you’re going to remove the switch cover.

Use your outlet tester to be sure that the switch is not getting any power. Then, remove the old light switch completely.

Installing the timer switch is usually pretty straightforward. You just match the appropriately colored wires to their counterparts inside of the wall. Then use your wire caps to twist them together. You can use your electrical tape to secure those wire caps a little more firmly if you like.

Screw the switch into the wall, add your cover, restore power, and you’re done!

You should, of course, read all of the directions that come with the light switch timer that you purchase. There may be variations between these instructions and the instructions that a specific brand or model gives you. Always go with the actual instructions for the model that you buy.

If you don’t want to do this yourself and you live in the Raleigh-Durham area, why not give us a call? We’ll be happy to do the job for you. Call us today for a free estimate.

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