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Occupancy sensor light switch
A very helpful energy-saver is an “occupancy sensor”—a replacement for a light switch.

Your “From the Crew” article in the recent issue of Home Power was great (“Energy Lessons in Action” in HP158.) I agree that showing your kids actual numbers is a very effective way for them to understand the concept of energy usage.

A very helpful energy-saver is an “occupancy sensor”—a replacement for a light switch. As the name implies, it has a motion detector that turns on the lights in a room when someone is present, and turns them off after the room is vacated. These are available at almost every hardware store around the country, and the cost range is $20 to $28 per switch. They are as easy to install as a new light switch. The nice thing about these switches is that it eliminates the need to constantly remind (both kids and adults) about conserving energy.

Jeff Siegel • via email

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Rich Myhers's picture

'it eliminates the need to constantly remind (both kids and adults) about conserving energy.'-
I'm not so sure I would have ended my article on that note. Until we get it fixed in our minds energy has a cost associated with it, we run the risk of forgetting about it. We could end up like after the Arab Embargo (some of you remember) and most people not fathoming the concept of $1.50 gasoline.

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