If you currently work from home, energy efficiency is most likely on your mind. Working remotely is now simpler than ever thanks to modern technology, and an increasing number of businesses can offer this option to their employees. Whether you work from home a few days a week or exclusively, you’ve probably discovered that it provides benefits ranging from eliminating long commutes to avoiding unpleasant office environments.
However, because you are spending more time at home, you have most likely noticed an increase in your energy consumption and energy bill. After all, you have lights on, appliances running, and multiple gadgets running all day. Fortunately, there are numerous quick and simple ways to save energy when working remotely.
In 2021, it’s all about looking for the silver linings. Isn’t it true that having a positive attitude is so important? Today, we’re sharing a significant silver lining: 5 easy ways to save energy while working and spending more time at home in general. Small changes can have a significant impact!
When you’re juggling multiple tasks, having a flexible schedule is a great way to manage your energy costs.
Many people are expected to switch to Time-of-Use rate plans as part of a global effort to manage energy costs and help the environment by shifting when they use large appliances like dishwashers and washing machines—being more mindful of how and when you use electricity-hungry devices can help you save money on energy and create a healthier environment. A few minor changes to your daily routine can have a significant impact!
The golden thumb rule to remember is that morning to midday electricity use utilizes renewable resources, such as solar, and is less expensive, making it the best time to run appliances.
Here Are Some Ideas As To How:
- Try to do your dishes in the middle of the day (a great break from work and school). If you cannot set aside time during the day, set your dishwasher’s delay feature to run after 9 p.m.
- Reduce usage from 4 to 9 p.m. by turning off unnecessary lights, computers, and televisions. We enjoy coloring and drawing in the late afternoon before getting ready for dinner.
- Load the dishwasher after lunch but do not run it until the evening. Keep in mind to avoid the work hours.
- Wash your clothes at night and fold them during the day. Better yet, teach your children to do their laundry during a lunch break! Dot has gotten quite good at folding. I’d argue that I’m better than most first-year college students.
- Charge your tablets, computers, and electric vehicles (if you have them) during off-peak hours (before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m.). When all of the devices are charged in a central location, this is a great way to keep teenagers off of their phones in the late evening hours.
Alternatively, you can try the following energy-saving tips:
- Washing machines and dishwashers should only be put to use when they are full. This conserves both money and water.
- If your local utility has superior rates (higher energy costs during high-demand hours, such as the afternoon and early evening), factor those into your schedule and run the above appliances only during off-peak hours.
- There are no restaurants open for date night? Dine by candlelight and turn off the lights.
- If a movie night is more your style, turn off the lights—and smartphones—and crank up the volume on your favorite film.
What suggestions do you have for conserving energy while working at home? To reduce your energy consumption, try some or all of these suggestions. You could also contact us at Debongo for advice on which information is best suited to your needs.