Working from home comes with several luxuries. There’s no morning commute or traffic jams. Many times, you don’t have to dress up or wear uncomfortable clothes. You are at ease in your home office. You can better care for your pets and enjoy doing your work without office and coworker distractions, too.
Of course, your use of energy does increase. This causes a rise in your electricity bill. Are there ways to ease this increase? Follow our six energy-saving tips to keep your energy bill under control.
Did you know your chargers use energy even if you’re not charging a device? To keep energy costs low, be sure to unplug your chargers once you have finished using them for your phone, laptop, tablet, and more.
If your home office gets colder than the rest of the house during fall and winter, don’t resolve the situation by hiking the heat up in the entire house. What you need is concentrated heat in that specific room.
By keeping warm blankets in the room and adding a space heater, you can maintain your comfort without hurting your wallet. Just make sure to turn off the space heater when you finish work.
It’s easy to get distracted during a workday at home. With social media, news articles, and other notifications lighting up your phone, you can’t help but be curious. If you check your phone often while your computer is running, you’re wasting your computer’s energy and your phone’s battery.
Aside from checking in on work emails and priority contacts, keep your distracting devices at a distance to save energy.
Your lightbulbs take a lot of energy to power for hours on end. For just a couple more dollars, get LEDs instead. They last hundreds of hours longer than standard lightbulbs and use less energy, thanks to their energy-efficient design.
Your ceiling lights and lamps serve to light up rooms when it’s too dark to see on your own. The sun serves a similar purpose during the day. If your office has windows, pull back the curtains and let the natural daylight shine. Sunlight illuminates a room beautifully without the help of electricity, saving you money on your energy bill.
There’s an added benefit to daylight. Spending time with natural lighting is proven to improve brain function and serotonin levels. Serotonin is a mood-enhancing chemical that helps you stay happy and motivated.
If you want to keep your energy bill low and get some fresh air, take a break from the home office and move your work to somewhere new.
Whether it’s once a month or once a week, take your laptop to a restaurant or coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. You’ll have a new environment to work in while enjoying the surroundings of a laid-back public space with welcoming smells of coffee or homemade meals.
If you’re looking to save more energy, consider a new energy plan. Shipley Energy offers energy plans and services that work with your budget and energy needs. We pride ourselves on treating our customers with the utmost respect and provide educational tools so you stay updated on the best ways we can serve you as your energy provider.
Contact Shipley Energy to learn more about saving energy and lowering your electricity bill.