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Ways To Save When Working From Home

Posted: February 1, 2022

Today, more Americans are working from home than ever before. If you’re punching the clock from home, there are four easy ways you can save on your electric bill and reduce your energy consumption.

1. Use a smart power strip. Plug your most commonly used devices into a smart power strip, which ensures they aren’t using power when not in use. Smart power strips also give you the option to select which devices should stay in “always on” mode.

2. Unplug your least-used equipment. If your home office includes equipment like printers and scanners, you’re probably not using them every day. Unplug your least-used electronics, which draw energy even when not in use.

3. Choose ENERGY STAR® equipment. If you’re looking to purchase office equipment, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure you’re buying the most energy efficient products. Electronics that receive the ENERGY STAR® rating have power management features to make saving energy easy, and most are designed to run cooler and last longer.

5. Lower the thermostat. Heating makes up a significant portion of your energy bill. Turn the thermostat down during the day to reduce energy use and save money. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 68 degrees or cooler during winter months. You’re more likely to stay focused and alert when it’s cooler in your home, so all the more reason to mind the thermostat.

Working from home doesn’t have to take a toll on your energy bill, and whether you’re working remotely or not, these practical tips can help everyone reduce their energy use. Contact MEC if you have questions about your bill or want additional information about saving energy at home.