With almost the entire United States in a state of lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, families across the country are spending most of their time at home. Whether you’re looking after your kids, working remotely, or just being a good citizen who’s practicing social distancing, the extra time you’re spending indoors is likely to drive your electric bill higher than it typically is.
Fortunately, there are various measures you can take to keep your electric bill down. Over the course of this blog post, we’ll provide some pro tips on reducing your home’s electricity consumption during the lockdown.
Set Up an Energy-Efficient Work Space
If you’re working from home during the lockdown, you’ll be spending most of your time in your home office. So when setting up a work space, think about what you can do to make it more energy-efficient. Ideally, your home office should be set up in a smallish room that has good natural light. This will keep your heating and cooling costs down. Another great way you can increase the efficiency of your home office is by using LEDs instead of traditional light bulbs. LEDs are significantly more energy-efficient than fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs.
Turn Off Your Appliances and Devices
Your lights, appliances, and electronic devices will probably get a good workout over the coming week. Therefore, to minimize power consumption, make sure your electronics are switched off when you aren’t using them, and turn off your lights whenever you leave room.
To further save electricity, switch off devices that are plugged in to wall sockets. This will decrease standby power usage, which can knock off around a $100 from your annual power costs.
Reduce Screen Time
Whether you’re working remotely, gaming the hours away, or watching your favorite shows on Netflix – there’s going to lots of screen time as you and your family seeks ways of keeping themselves occupied. Reduce your power bill and keep your tech usage within a healthy amount by reducing screen time.
And this shouldn’t be too difficult as there’s a myriad of ways to have fun indoors. Break out some old classics, such as puzzles or board games, or organize a bake-off with your family. You don’t need a screen to spend some quality time with your family.