In this video you will discover how to use a mechanical timer switch to optimise your electricity consumption at home.
For more hints and tips for saving on your energy bills and saving the planet at the same time, take a look at the other tutorials in this program!
A mechanical timer switch can be used with your existing electrical fittings and is an inexpensive way of reducing the energy consumption of your devices and appliances. Find out how to use one and how to use it to cut down your energy bills by watching this short video!
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In this video, you will learn how to use a mechanical timer switch.
The timer automatically triggers or interrupts the current to one or several electrical devices based on the time periods you set.
It can prove useful if you forget to unplug your devices when you're no longer using them, as they continue to use energy, even when on standby.
Cost of standby mode = £75 per household per year
First of all, set the timer by turning the central dial to the right until the marker is in line with the current time.
If you want the device to be active between 11 and 1 o'clock, use a match or a pen to push in the little black notches between 11 and 1 o'clock.
You can activate the timer for multiple time periods within a 24 hour cycle.
Once you've set the time and timer, plug the timer in at the mains and then plug in your electrical device.
Use a multiplug adaptor on the timer if you want to cut down on the standby time of several devices at once.
The schedule you've set will continue until you change it.
By using the switch, located to one side of the timer, towards the top, you can opt to override the schedule and power your device continually
When lowered, the plug will switch back to your preset schedule.
You can find a mechanical timer switch for about £4 in the shops.
Now you know how to use a mechanical timer switch.