Millions of people globally are forced to work from home during the pandemic and will continue to do so for the unforeseeable future. For many of these households, there is an unexpected expense to consider; a higher electricity bill.
Working from home often means that your aircon or heater is working harder throughout the day. These appliances can account for up to half of your monthly electricity bill. Additionally, computers are charging more frequently, lights stay on for longer, printers print more often, and you might need to fill up on coffee more regularly. All that extra electricity adds up.
Below are some fast and efficient ways to save energy while working from home during the lockdown:
- Laptops use much less energy to operate, so use it instead of your desktop
- Devices use electricity when plugged into the wall (even when turned off). Instead, use a power strip and turn it off at the end of the day
- If you’re not using your computer for a while (the weekend), turn it off. The same goes for lights. While it might seem obvious, people forget and have to “pay the price”.
Other cost-saving methods might take a little more effort and time, but it can be worth your while. For example, when buying household appliances and home office equipment, make sure they are energy efficient. This will cut electricity use significantly.
You can also try these energy-saving tips to make your home more energy-efficient overall:
- Use dishwashers and washing machines when they are full. Not only will you save on energy costs but water as well.
- Regulate the temperature in your home, so you don’t need to turn to heaters or aircon by sealing any gaps around window and door frames.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with LED light bulbs.
Every little bit helps, but if you really want to make your home more energy-efficient and reduce or eliminate your electricity bill, consider installing solar panels with backup batteries to store excess energy. Get in touch with the team at Nupower and ask about our current solar panel promotions today!