Working at home means you get more comfort, zero commute and quality family time, but it also means you’ll be relying more on air conditioning and electricity. Air conditioning and heating alone can account for more than half of your electric bill, and using it more than usual can skyrocket your utility bills. If you’re struggling to keep your electric bill down while working from home, here are a few tips to help you cut costs while staying comfortable.
Turn Off and Unplug What You Aren’t Using
This might seem obvious, but leaving lights on or chargers plugged in when you aren’t using them can easily rack up more money on your bills. Before you leave a room, make it a habit to check the plugs and lights. You don’t want an unused lamp to suck up electricity, so unplugging anything you aren’t using is a good habit to lower your expenses. You can also turn your AC or heating off as soon as it hits your desired temperature so it doesn’t keep running. This might lead to the temperature rising or falling while it’s off, but turning it on for shorter periods of time throughout the day can drastically reduce your electric bill.
Use Your Laptop Instead of a Desktop Computer
Laptops are a great energy-saver, and they come with almost all the same capabilities as expensive desktop setups. Instead of using a desktop computer which requires multiple devices running at the same time, move all your important work files over to your laptop. Even if you have to charge it throughout the day, a laptop doesn’t suck up nearly as much electricity as desktop computers. You can also take your laptop anywhere in the house for a change of scenery, so what’s not to love?
Make the Most of Your Electricity
Our last piece of advice is to make the most of the electricity you use. Don’t run your washer or dryer unless you’re doing a full load of laundry, and don’t turn on the dishwasher if it’s only half full. This practice will save you money on water and electricity at the same time! Similarly, don’t turn on extra lights that you don’t need. If your lamp serves no purpose with the overhead light on, unplug it. If your at-home date would be more romantic with candles, turn off the lights and enjoy the low-lit atmosphere. Every day, look for unnecessary uses of electricity and eliminate them when you can. Learning to be more energy-efficient is a process, and you won’t always be perfect at it, but a little effort goes a long way in saving you money.
Make the Switch with Kosmos Solar
If you’re looking to take the next step in lowering or completely eliminating your electric costs, it might be time to make the switch to solar power in your home. With Kosmos Solar, you’ll be able to work with our team and choose the best plan of action for becoming completely energy independent. Our licensed solar technicians work hard to provide the highest quality solar installations and maintenance, all at a reasonable price. Call or visit our website today for a free quote on solar panel installation or maintenance!