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  • Jun 24, 2021
  • By NextEra Home

Do Motion Sensors Save Electricity?

It’s probable that most homeowners install motion sensors to add a level of security to their property. An unwanted guest may be deterred from lingering, if a motion sensor picks up his or her presence and exposes them with a bright, shining light. Motion sensors, while helping to secure your property and belongings, also can reduce energy costs.

Types of Sensors/Controls to Help Save Electricity


Lights that turn on inside the house when motion is detected are referred to as occupancy sensors. Rather than using a nightlight that burns constantly or having to turn on a switch, occupancy sensors turn the lights on automatically when you enter the room or hallway where it’s placed. It is convenient and a safer alternative for children, senior adults and really anyone who wants to make their way from one room to another in the dark. Homeowners save energy, as the lights turn off automatically and only burn for the period of time that a person is present in the area.


As the name implies, the lights turn on as motion is detected. These are the type of outdoor lights that were previously mentioned, which illuminates the area where the sensory light was triggered. In addition to being installed as security lighting, motion sensor controls can also be used as utility lighting for large properties. When installing, make sure the motion lights also has the ability to turn off the light after a set period of time without any motion.


Photosensors work differently than occupancy and motion sensors. Photosensors save energy, since they automatically turn off outdoor lights when ambient light is present.

The sensors turn the lights off during daylight hours.

Motion sensors can provide security and when combined with energy saving lightbulbs can also help keep down your monthly utility cost. Ensuring that appliances and home systems run properly will also help homeowners to save. Call 833-634-6634 to learn how a NextEra Home service plan will provide coverage for home systems that fail due to normal wear and tear.