Save Money on Electricity During COVID-19
If you’re one of the many people that’s been stuck at home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re probably generating more electricity than you’re used to. Many people have seen their utility bills soar over the course of the pandemic, especially when working from home or helping their kids with online learning. It’s almost impossible to get through one day in quarantine without reaching for an outlet. But increased demand can lead to high bills and outages if the utility company can’t keep up.
Whether you want to lower your monthly expenses or avoid a dreaded blackout, use these tips to reduce energy consumption when working from home:
Unplug Electronics When Not in Use
So many appliances and devices suck up electricity when they’re plugged into the wall. They may have a flashing light or stay connected to the internet, ratcheting up your electric bill. When the battery on your smartphone or laptop is finished charging, unplug the charger.
Let in the Light
Don’t turn on lamps and lights unless you need them. Brighten up the space by working near windows or opening the blinds. Spend a few seconds looking outside to break up all that screen time.
Regardless of the temperature outside, make sure your home is properly insulated to keep the heat – or cold – inside your home. Summer will be here before we know it and it’s almost time to dust off your A/C. Get a head start by adding a few layers to the walls and ceiling, especially in high traffic areas. Watch out for leaks, drafts, and other poorly-insulated areas to stop the warmth or cool air from slipping between the cracks.
Replace Outdated Filters, Bulbs, and Equipment
Every home needs maintenance. As you spend more time at home, get in the habit of changing out the filter on your HVAC unit to improve air quality. If the filter is dirty or clogged, the system will have to work overtime to push air into your home. Swap out florescent lightbulbs for LEDs and old appliances for energy-efficient models to cut down on usage.
If you’re really looking to save money, consider installing a set of solar panels on your property to generate your own electricity. You won’t have to pay the utility company for every watt you use. They may even pay you for pumping excess power back into the grid. If a crisis or blackout should occur, solar panels will help you keep the lights on when you need them most.
The pandemic has transformed our lives in so many ways. Our homes are no longer just for sleeping, waking up, and relaxing after work. They are where many of us spend nearly 100% of our time. Contact A-1 Guaranteed to learn more about saving money on electricity throughout the pandemic.