New teleworkers have found that working from home comes at a cost. Here are some tips to reduce the electricity bill.
While the pandemic has replaced the comfort of the office with the comfort of home for many of us, telecommuting does not only have advantages. And among the questions of teleworker, one that often emerges is "how to reduce my electricity bill"?
And yes, between heating, lighting and gadgets ... it all consumes energy. And now, it is the responsibility of the teleworker.
Being attentive to my energy consumption and that of my electronic tools for many years, I share with you some generic advice on saving energy. Nevertheless, it is useful to know your baseline consumption, and if possible what it was before you started telecommuting. You must also be aware of the evolution of your use during the year, especially with regard to the summer / winter cycles. "
Among the tips that you will find below, know that the first two are the most important, vectors of the most important savings. The other tips may be useful to you depending on what you have at home and how you use it.
If you are still using incandescent bulbs, replace them with LED bulbs now. If you are using CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs, replace them with LEDs. If you have neon lights, you can convert them to LEDs as well (although that's not necessarily a task you want to undertake).
Each bulb you replace with an LED can save you up to 90% energy.
Change all your bulbs to LEDs and keep a few extra, so you don't have to go back to traditional bulbs. Believe me, you will see the difference.
Heat and / or cool only the rooms you use, and keep the doors closed.
Adopting a smart thermostat can also help you better tune your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for optimal performance, and thus avoid waste.
It's true, the older a device, the less efficient it is. However, the energy savings you will make by replacing your old appliances will not be substantial. With the exception of televisions and screens, but taking into account the cost of purchase versus energy savings, you will not be a winner.
On computers, it is possible to use an energy manager. But, if it makes a difference when there are dozens, if not hundreds, of computers connected in the same office, it shouldn't make much difference in the home setting. There is no such thing as a magic formula for saving power with your personal PC. Just remember to turn it off, and turn off your screens, when you're not using them.
When it comes to other items in your office, don't let devices like coffee makers or kettles charge all the time.
Monitor your consumption
Knowledge is power! I have seen people save a lot of money just by knowing their energy usage. So, rather than making technological changes, they just changed their consumption habits.
If you have a smart meter at home, allowing you to read your consumption instantly, it can encourage you to reduce your consumption by changing your habits, because you will see in real time how much you are consuming. If you can't get a smart meter, monitor your consumption over a few weeks. It's not that immediate, but you should see some trends.
Beware of "power savers"
Devices labeled "power savers", or "energy savers" in French, are on sale on certain sites. Be careful, these are usually scams. Often, they do not save energy and can even sometimes be dangerous.