The pandemic has changed a lot of our habits and daily routine. Now that every one of us is spending more and more time at home, we are also facing new challenges. Aside from increased anxiety and restrictions in what we can and cannot do, we are also facing more practical problems. As adults transition to working from home and kids to homeschooling, we are spending more energy than usual.
Since this pandemic has also brought economic challenges, some of us may not be doing well financially at the time. Saving energy while under home quarantine can help lessen our worries when it comes to expenses. Now more than ever, we need to develop habits that will conserve power. Here are some tips that could get you started:
Use Natural Light And Switch To LED
This textbook tip: turn off the lights when not in use—can help significantly decrease electricity use. In the day, try to use natural light as much as possible when doing your tasks. Strategically rearrange your workspace so that light comes in in areas that you regularly occupy. Open your windows or blinds during the day so that you can still work on chores even without needing lights.
Furthermore, our body needs sunlight to function well. Victoria L. Dunckley M.D., an integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, says, “Disregarding the biological adaptation to sunlight is a recipe for poor health because so much of our biology is regulated and influenced by the full-spectrum of light.”
Additionally, switching to LED light bulbs can massively reduce your overall energy consumption. It lasts 25 times longer than the ordinary. Of course, don’t forget to turn off the lights at night as you prepare to sleep.
Lessen Shower Time
Taking a shower is indeed relaxing and can take off a lot of our load in mind. It’s no wonder why we tend to take a lot of time in the shower. However, aside from water spending, heating the water also uses a lot of energy. Lessening your shower time by a few minutes can significantly reduce your accumulated energy consumption.
Air Dry Your Laundry
If you were previously using a dryer when drying your laundry, you might want to consider air drying. You can hang clothes on a clothesline or a drying rack and let air and sunlight naturally dry it. It is an excellent and no-cost way to reduce your energy consumption when doing laundry.
Unplug Devices When Not In Use
You may be turning off your home devices when not in use, but when was the last time you unplugged them? Unplugging appliances is a typical household mistake that most of us overlook. As per the Natural Resources Defense Council, we spend $165 per household per year for unplugged devices that are not-in-use. Make sure to take the time and do your rounds before going to bed and unplug idle appliances.
Switch To Power Strips
If you rely on wall sockets for your appliances, now may be the time to look into using power strips. It efficiently distributes energy to devices and appliances to avoid draining unnecessary energy. Furthermore, when doing your rounds of unplugging, you can unplug multiple devices at once with ease.
According to the U.S, The Department of Energy, relying on power strips, can save at least $100 a year.
Use Home Appliances Efficiently
Having more time at home can be tempting to do chores that can be an eyesore always. You might get the urge to do the dishes after every use or doing laundry every day. However, doing full loads of laundry and dishes is more efficient when it comes to saving energy.
Also, washing the dishes by loading it in the dishwasher can help save gallons of hot water than washing by hand. However, instead of heated drying, use air drying racks instead to minimize energy use.
Meanwhile, when it comes to refrigerators, try to maintain 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit to minimize energy costs. Keeping your fridge full can also save energy as food acts as insulation. What happens is that it lessens the required time that the refrigerator needs to stay cold.
Another useful tip is to get your ingredients in one go instead of opening and closing it every time. The longer you keep the fridge door open, the harder it has to run to maintain the temperature.
Be Smart While In Quarantine
Spending a lot of time indoors can be taxing on our health and our finances. As we progress with the pandemic, bills may pile up as it is harder to continue on our routine. For the meantime, the tips mentioned above can help you cut down your carbon footprint and lessen your spendings.