This pandemic is changing all of our lives, and one of those changes means more time at home. You and your family are likely using more energy than before by watching more TV, taking more showers or baths, using your space heater more, doing more laundry, running the dishwasher more, etc. The list goes on!
For simple ways to reduce your electric use, instead try these tips:
- Try to shorten your shower (using less hot water, which reduces load on your water heater) by a few minutes each time.
- Wash your clothes with cold water rather than hot. Also use dryer balls to help dry your clothes faster. OR even better, hang dry some of your clothes outside on the line when weather is warm.
- Don’t turn on your air conditioning until you absolutely have to. In the summer, try to keep your thermostat at 78 degrees for maximum energy efficiency savings. Use fans instead to circulate air, which will help your room feel cooler.
- Use the microwave or a Crock Pot to cook whenever possible. They use much less energy than your oven or stove.
If you’re still worried about your energy use and want customized advice on how you can save, give us a call Monday through Friday from 7: 30 am to 4 pm. You can also check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Energy Saver Guide” at https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/services/energy-saver-guide-tips-saving-money-and-energy-home.