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How to reduce energy costs when spending more time at home

No-cost and Low-cost Updated: July 28, 2021

If you’re spending more time inside streaming movies, working on your computer or washing dishes, here are some tips to help you manage your utility bill.

  • Watch movies and TV as a whole family to minimize how many devices you’re using.
  • Shut off your computer and other devices when not in use. A desktop and monitor can use up to four times more energy than a laptop.
  • Unplug computer and cell phone chargers when not in use. Consider using a power strip in your media area to turn off all devices with the flip of a switch.
  • Set your computer to go to sleep or power down after 10 minutes of inactivity.
  • Use energy wisely in the kitchen. Cooking more meals at home means more dishes. Make sure to run your dishwasher only when full, and check for energy-saving settings on your dishwasher, fridge and other appliances.
  • Rework your thermostat schedule. Adjust your settings a few degrees lower during warmer days or take advantage of the sun by turning off your heat whenever possible.