We can hear Dianah Washington crooning What a diff’rence a day makes … but what about a whole year? If you’re like the majority of the country, you spent more time than ever at home this last year. Between kids being home from school and adults working remote, you probably saw a spike in your monthly energy consumption, too. While we’re still trying to adjust to some form of normalcy, many businesses are now adopting a hybrid work model. In a recent Work Trend Index survey, 66% of leaders said their company is considering redesigning their office space for hybrid work, meaning energy usage at home might stay the same.
Here are ways to keep your energy bill more manageable:
Limit AC Usage: Skies Can’t Be Stormy
When the temperatures rise midday and you’re ready to blast the air conditioner, try closing your blinds or curtains to keep the heat of the sun out and your workspace cool. Other ways to reduce your air conditioner costs include turning it up a few degrees, changing the air filters and scheduling a maintenance visit.
Unplug: 24 Little Hours
Establishing a solid work life balance will also save on your energy bill. There’s nothing better than having your laptop, cell phone or tablet be fully charged and ready to answer any slack message but it’s not necessary and can consume extra energy. High productivity is actually masking an exhausted workforce, too. It’s OK to put your devices on sleep mode and put appliances on powerstrips into phantom mode during off hours. Unplugging will benefit both your brain and your wallet.
Air Dry: Where There Used to be Rain
You’re probably using the dishwasher since you’re eating at home more, drying your clothes in the hot dryer and using the hair dryer to prepare for important Zoom meetings. Try running your dishwasher with the heat dry setting turned off. This small step could cut down your dishwasher’s energy consumption by about 15%! You can also air dry both your clothes and your hair. The extra heat in the air will let these items dry faster than you think.
Cold Water: What a Difference
Did you know about 90% of the energy your washer uses is used to heat the water? Water also gets heated for the dishwasher and your daily shower. Try washing your laundry in cold water, instead. Cool water is gentler on fabrics and helps them last longer.
This is an ever-changing time for all of us but hopefully these tips will help you use energy responsibly while staying comfortable in your home. Check out more ways to save energy on daily household appliances here.