How to Save Energy If You Work from Home

How to Save Energy If You Work from Home

Many of us have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying home might save you money on transportation, but it can also mean a higher home electricity bill. Here are some tips to help you take control of your energy consumption and minimize your electric bill during these trying times.

1. Choose your workspace wisely.

If you can, position your workspace by a natural light source. Opening the blinds limits your need for overhead lighting or a desk lamp and, as an added benefit, sunlight is good for your health.

2. Turn off electronics after work.

If you use appliances, such as a laptop or a monitor, turn them off after work hours to reduce power drain. Power strips with an on/off switch make it possible to control the energy consumption of all workstation devices at once. Simply flip the switch off when you aren’t using your devices. Sleep and power-saving modes can also reduce electricity usage.

3. Take advantage of time-of-use pricing.

If you’re on a Time-of-Use pricing plan, you can reduce your electricity bill by running larger appliances during off-peak hours. Being home all day means more flexibility to run your washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher when electricity costs less.

4. Bundle up.

Add layers instead of turning on your heater. Heating costs make up roughly 29% of the average electric bill, so take advantage of video calls and cozy up with a blanket for some significant energy savings.

5. Use energy-efficient appliances.

When you purchase office equipment, look for ENERGY STAR® certified models and consider upgrading other appliances to more energy-efficient models. Qualifying homeowners and renters in MCE’s service area can receive no-cost, energy-saving appliances and a virtual home energy assessment. Learn more about energy savings and complete an interest form.

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