August 18, 2020

This year is going by quite fast! By now, we’ve mastered the ways to be more energy efficient during these cold months. But with COVID-19, we’ve found ourselves staying and working in our homes for the entire day. This means having the heat on when we wouldn’t usually, using additional energy to make meals for the whole family and keeping the kids entertained. The result is more energy being used than we normally do, but there are still ways we can conserve energy even in the new normal.

1. As much as possible, use natural light

Make sure no unnecessary lights are turned on while you’re working in the daytime. Natural light is free, better for your eyes, and improves your general mood. Open up the curtains and let all that sunlight in.

2. Work on a laptop rather than a desktop

Laptops use less energy compared to desktops so you’ll be cutting costs. You can also work anywhere when using a laptop so you can move somewhere where there’s already heat like the living room or with better light to save energy as well.

3. Use your appliances’ energy saving features 

Check your microwave, air conditioner, dishwasher etc. They usually have options to efficiently use energy. And when anything isn’t in use, just switch them off.

4. Put on the layers

The great thing about working from home is, unless you have a Zoom meeting, you can dress as comfortably as you want. Get those layers on if you’re feeling chilly and leave the thermostat alone.

5. Replace outdated, energy-gobbling appliances

If you still have old appliances that aren’t energy efficient, it’s time to shop around for their replacement. Trust us, this will save you more on your electricity bills in the long run rather than keeping them because you think buying a new one is more expensive.

6. Teach your kids to save energy

Remind them to turn off anything they’re using when they’re done like the TV, the computer, their handheld devices, etc. Make sure they understand so you don’t have to use up precious time doing it yourself.

7. Keep your heater at a comfortable temperature

Instead of cranking up the temperature, adjusting it to a comfortable temperature increases its efficiency and will drastically reduce your bill.

8. Use a thermos

Making tea or coffee throughout the day to keep you energized doesn’t have to mean boiling a single cup of water on the kettle or using the microwave every time. Instead boil as much water as you think you may need for the whole day and pour it in a thermos so it stays hot.

9. Do laundry only when you have a full load

Since we’re encouraged to stay indoors, you don’t have to worry about not being able to use an outfit that’s still in the laundry. This means you can wait until you have a full load to do laundry so it’s much more energy efficient.

10. Consider installing solar panels

Work may have changed locations but our schedules generally have stayed the same. Working in the daytime when solar energy is being produced and having solar panels can be a huge cost saver to your energy bill now that we’re working at home. 

11. Invest in a smart thermostat

Making your home more energy efficient nowadays means installing a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats have the ability to control how long and when you heat your home for so that’s one more thing you can cross off your already full checklist. 

Talk to Astley Electrical today for energy-saving options for your home in the new normal.