Few things are more irksome than family members leaving a room and neglecting to turn out the lights (hello, huge electric bill!). To cut costs, install motion-activated sensors in place of regular switches, then program them to turn off automatically after a set period of time. If you want to settle down for a quiet read, you can override the sensor manually.
- SAVE 10 percent to 70 percent off your electric bill, depending on your habits.
- GET IT Consider the affordable Decora Manual on Occupancy sensor ($28; cableorganizer.com). Not only does it give you the option to manually switch on and off, but you can also select how long lights should stay on (from 30 seconds to indefinitely).