Spending extra time at home doesn’t have to drive up your energy use. Simple habits can help you conserve energy, and the whole family can help. Follow these tips to reduce energy use while spending more time indoors.
Monitor your energy use with SmartHub
One of the best ways to save energy is by keeping track of how much you’re using. SmartHub, PEC’s free and convenient mobile app, connects you to all your account needs, including daily energy use data so that you can avoid surprise bills.
Turn off nonessential lights
On average, 10% of your electric bill comes from lighting costs, so try to only use lighting that you need. During the day, take advantage of natural light by keeping blinds or window shades open. Most importantly, turn off lights when you leave a room.
Hunt down energy vampires
Go through each room in your home and unplug any electronics you don’t use. Doing so can save you up to 10% in energy costs. Start with items you don’t use regularly and those that use a considerable amount of energy. Common energy vampires include TVs, phone chargers, computers, stereos, video game consoles, hair styling tools, and kitchen appliances.
Wash full loads of laundry and dishes
When washing your clothes, use a cold-water cycle and make sure to wash a full load. Consider air drying clothes when the weather allows. If you use a dryer, cleaning the lint screen regularly can help clothes dry more efficiently.
For your dishes, be sure to run full loads. Keep in mind that most modern dishwashers clean better than hand-washing and use less energy and water.
Turn down your water heater
Setting your water heater to 120-125 degrees is a quick and easy way to help save energy and money. This is because heating water requires more energy. Taking short showers and using the efficiency settings on your laundry and dishwasher will also lessen the demand on your water heater.
Find more tips by visiting PEC.coop/savings.