Do you use timers/have you used them?.

Timer - Plug in timers save you money buy turning on and off your lights when they are needed. No need to remember to turn your lights off, with a plug in timer just set it once and forget about it. The electronic programable timer allows you to set on and off schedules for every day of the week so that weekends are no problem. Going on vacation, set your electronic timer to come on at different times so that your house looks like someone is home.
@Chevee (5915)
United States
April 24, 2009 8:48pm CST
When I was working the night shift, I would come home late at night. I got off work at 11:00 pm so my home would be dark inside. I didn't want to leave my lights on for 8 hours so I purchased timers to turn my lights on at a certain time so it would not be dark in my house, these lights were lamps that was plugged into timers. Now that I am not working I still have my lamps plugged into a timer and set to come on at a certain time when it gets dark. Do you use timers? Have you ever used them? I have also use timers with my crock pots.
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@fwidman (11517)
• United States
25 Apr 09
When I worked swing shift I had one of those timers hooked up with my coffee maker so that I could have hot fresh coffee when I got home I haven't used one in years, and don't really have a need for them now that I am basically at home 24/7
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@GardenGerty (96819)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Apr 09
I forgot, we do have our coffee set up on a timer, but it is built in to the coffee pot. I love waking up to fresh brewed coffee.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
25 Apr 09
i think they are a great thing but i never have had one. i use to hate coming in from work to a dark house. of course in the winter it was dark most every day. they would have been great to have. glad u had them. i'm not out after dark very often now so i don't need them. have a happy weekend, chevee.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Thank U, and you have a great weekend also. I am going to enjoy my (me time) alone. Monday will be babysitting day again.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
25 Apr 09
i bet u need that me time after tis first week w.the baby. don't u spoil her. lol
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@harmonee (1236)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I haven't used timers in a long time, but I do have a lamp hooked up to my garage door opener so when I get home I don't have to walk into a dark house. Also my outdoor lights can be set to turn on when it gets dark.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I had a security light that was set for dusk to dawn, it is not working now I need to get it checked out. Thanks for your response.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I've used timers in the house I own in Halifax, Va. Since no one is living there, I worried about it. But, since my son's car, the one he left down there when he moved up here to help me with my mother when she got sick, was broken into by a stupid punk kid who lived down the road a ways, and having the police all over the place, I'm not worried anymore about it. The neighbors all know I live in Winchester and am planning on selling the place, so they kind of keep an eye out for me. Plus, it sits way back from the road. I do have those light sensor things that turn out outside lights when it gets dark, so they may help. I never thought to use a timer on a crock pot. That's an AWESOME idea, Chevee! Thank you so much for sharing that little tip!!! I'll definitely be using it. I love using my crock pot... throw the stuff in there, turn it on and forget about it until it's done. I don't use timers for the lights in this house because I have solar-powered lights outside, plus nightlights throughout the house that come on when it gets dark. Living with my two little hairy, barking doorbells helps to make me feel pretty secure when it gets dark. They alert me to any strange sounds they hear outside. But, I do think that these timers are wonderful things! When it gets dark, you don't have to stumble around in it to turn on lights.
25 Apr 09
Hi Chevee, That is one thing I don't have as I am in the house most time and oly got during the day and whe I do go out in the evening, my husband is normally home then but if we are both out in the evening, I just leave my hall light on. Tamara
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@KrauseHome (34994)
• United States
5 May 09
I have not used timers in a long time. I would think they would come in handy though when you are gone at night like you have done for sure. But most of the time we just leave a light on a lot of the time, and hope for the Best from there.
@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
2 May 09
I use timers for many things such as chores, to remind myself to leave by a certain time, and for cooking.
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Hey chevee! No I have never used timers before. I do think that they are a great idea for people that are as you say not home until late. It gives people the idea that someone is home and you don't have to come into a dark house. My girlfriend has timers in her apartment so when she goes away people won't know that there is no one home! My house in the front is always dark whether I'm home or out! I work on the computer in the kitchen or watch tv in the back in the bedroom without a light on!
@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
25 Apr 09
We use a timer on out heater.
@chimrani (1430)
• India
25 Apr 09
I don't use this type of timers and i heard about this type of timer from you.thanks for this information.I will really purchase it today or tommorrow.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Yup! I sure do! I time my washing machine so I'll know when it's done so I can either hang my clothes outside or put them in the dryer. I time my cooking so I won't burn anything or to know when to start cooking my vegetables. Of if my mom tells me to call her back in about 15 minutes, I'll use the timer and set it for 20 minutes. lol
@GardenGerty (96819)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Apr 09
I have had programmed thermostats, same principle. I have not used timers except for Christmas tree lights. I can understand you doing as you did, though, it is an excellent idea, it makes you safer and saves you money too. I have a stove that has a built in timer that you can set and forget, but I do not use it.