Ways to Save: Working from Home
Working from home can often lead to increased energy use. If you're spending more time at home than in the office, Jackson EMC offers these easy, energy efficient steps that can decrease energy use and, in return, help you save money.
Practice temperature control. Keep your home’s thermostat set at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. Also, consider switching to a programmable thermostat. These thermostats can save as much as 10% a year in energy costs.
Turn off lights, appliances and tools when not in use. As you use more energy throughout the day, cut back where you can. Remember to turn off lights and devices you aren’t currently using in order to reduce energy and save money in the long run.
Unplug chargers when not in use. Chargers that are left plugged-in to an outlet can be stealing unnecessary energy, even when they aren’t in use. Commit to unplugging computer and phone chargers when you aren’t actively using them and watch as you cut down on standby power.
Use power strips or surge protectors. It can be challenging to unplug devices, like coffee makers, toasters or even TVs, that can continue to consume energy when they aren’t in use. The Department of Energy estimates that standby power can add up to 10% to your monthly utility bill. Consider plugging these appliances into power strips or surge protectors that can easily be turned off to stop extended energy use.
Be strategic when using appliances. Use heat producing appliances, like ovens, dishwashers and dryers, in the early mornings or evenings when temperatures outside tend to be cooler. This can help maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home, reducing the need for air conditioning use.
Switch to ENERGY STAR® rated office equipment. Using ENERGY STAR® rated computers, laptops and printers can help lower daily energy use. These certified, energy efficient devices are perfect for cutting down on usage while working from home.
Close blinds and drapes. Even simple steps like closing blinds and drapes can help reduce energy use. Keeping the sun out will help keep your home cool while you’re working from home, without having to increase air conditioning use.
Switch to LED bulbs. Take initiative by purchasing LED bulbs for your home. Swapping LED bulbs for traditional incandescent bulbs can save up to $300 a year.
Working from your house instead of the office doesn’t have to mean an increase in personal energy use. Try out these tips for a more energy efficient home.