My wife and I have a favorite item for saving energy. It's our in-wall occupancy sensors in the bathrooms and powder room of our home. This solution provides three important benefits: saving energy, lighting safe pathways and creating "ambiance" for the spaces.
When entering each space the following items occur:
The lights automatically turn on when a person enters creating a safe path.
The light levels over the vessel sinks are "dimmed" so they showcase the space "just right" according to my wife — ambiance.
The sensors are set to turn off one minute after detecting no movement in the rooms. These are small spaces so a minute is reasonable, we could increase that up to 30 minutes if needed — energy savings.
Erik Anderson, CGA, CGP is the national sales manager – residential construction for Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. He’s a member of the NAHB, NCHI and IEC, working with the NAHB’s 20 Club Program and is on the marketing and communications workgroup of the Home Technology Alliance (HTA) and is on the custom home builders committee. He chairs his local HBA’s Education Committee and is on their board of directors and executive committee. At the IEC he sits on the education committee.