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How Can You Save Energy While Telecommuting?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020


 

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While electricity is usually higher in the afternoon due to people not being home, millions of Americans found themselves having to do everything virtually since March 2020 due to COVID-19

Telecommuting due to a pandemic means spending more time at home and increasing the electricity usage such as running your heater or air conditioner depending on the season which usually accounts for half of an electric bill. Not to forget about the lights being on for longer periods of time, electrical devices being plugged in and many more!

 

What can you do to save energy at home then?  

Fortunately, there are a few things you and your entire household can do to save some energy while telecommuting: 

  • If you have a laptop, use it over your desktop since laptops use less energy. 

  • Avoid using wall sockets and invest in power strips instead. Electrical devices plugged into walls still consume electricity when turned off, meanwhile a power strip can be turned on and off which will completely stop its consumption. 

  • Always turn off all electrical equipment such as lights, or TV if you’re not using them at all. Many people don’t realize it, but that could save you a couple of bucks! 

  • Activate the power-management settings on your computer and save up to $100 per computer annually. 

     

There are other options to help you save energy but require a little bit more effort. To do so, you could: 

  • Use cold water instead of hot water whenever possible to reduce your electrical costs. 

  • Air dry your clothes during the summertime, not to heat up your home by running the dryer.

  • Get rid of your old light bulbs and invest in energy-efficient LEDs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR rated products use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer. 

  • Check the seal on your fridge and freezer doors, as they need to be on at all times. If there are gaps, you have to get the loose seals repaired to reduce your energy expenditures. 

  • Buy home office products with the Energy Star Label since they cut down on energy use dramatically. 

 

In conclusion, there are many ways to lower your electric bills while being home. Some options are easier than others, but every little bit helps.

However, a huge difference would be made through solar. Solar panels are not only known to help you save on your electric bills but also present other advantages.

 

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