April 03, 2020
Most of us are currently working from home, leading to higher energy use than normal. To help see savings, use our list of five simple U.S. Department of Energy and ENERGY STAR #WFHTips.
1. Turn on fans
During the day, turn on fans to circulate cool air without having to lower your thermostat. Your A/C will run a little less, saving money and energy.
2. Close blinds
Close blinds to keep direct sunlight out of your home and keep cool. Plus, it’ll help prevent unwanted glare on your computer screen while working!
3. Switch off unused appliances
If moving to another room in your house, remember to switch off lights, appliances and electronics in unused rooms to save money. Doing so can also make your home more energy efficient.
4. Use power strips
Working from home means you have to charge your devices regularly. These all continue to use energy when plugged in, even if they are charged, making up almost 5% to 10% of residential energy use. Use power strips to easily turn everything off to avoid wasting energy.
5. Replace old bulbs with LEDs
Since you’re likely to be using more lights, replace your old bulbs with LEDs, which last at least 25x longer, use 75% less energy and save you more money than incandescent bulbs.