Put lights on sensors or timers
This is a lazy man’s dream. Having the lights turn on and off with no effort or action on your part to me is absolutely amazing, and perfect.
Place commonly used lights, like lamps in the living room, on simple timers. You can program them to turn on automatically at a certain time, and more importantly turn off at a designated time. There is no more forgetting to turn off the lights at night.
Plus there is the added security bonus of giving the illusion that you are home when actually you may have stepped out.
Placing motion detectors attached to your lights both inside and outside are another positive tip, with added security features. When an object approaches outside, the motion detector will turn on the lights, flooding the area. When the motion stops, the lights turn off. Money isn’t wasted by having lights on all night long.
If you’re looking to put a motion detector indoors, a good place to start might be the path of night lights (as described previously) or in closets. I can’t tell you how many times I open my closet, turn on the light then forget to turn it off! It can be on for hours before I turn off all the lights and see I forgot to turn off the light in the closet!
To prevent this, install a simple motion detector. Anytime you open the closet the light will turn on. And after you close the door, the light will turn off. Simple and it doesn’t take any effort on your part to remember to turn the light on or off.