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7 ways to reduce your energy costs when you’re working from home

 

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The Covid-19 lockdown means we’re all spending more time than ever in our homes so what can you do to make sure that your energy costs don’t skyrocket as a result?

Many of us are now working from home, which means we’re plugged in, logged on and using more electricity than ever. For families, there is also the additional usage from kids who are streaming, surfing, playing video games or just charging multiple devices throughout the day.

The lockdown may be good news for Netflix but it could be bad news for your energy bill. So what can you do to cut down on your energy costs if you’re working from home?

1. Switch your energy provider

We all know that switching providers can save us money but it’s easy to put it on the long finger. With less distractions available due to the current pandemic, it’s a great time to make the switch and start making serious savings.

Choosy.ie is a new comparison site from the Irish Independent that makes it easier than ever to find the best deal for you. You can get an impartial comparison and you can even make the switch directly through the site. Find out more about Choosy.ie here and then see what savings you can make.

Households can save around €1600 over four years by switching providers every year so this is a no-brainer if you’re looking to cut costs. 

2. Choose energy saving settings

If you’re using a laptop or computer for work, a simple way to reduce your energy usage is to apply energy saving settings. Most computers offer a range of energy saving settings that won’t compromise their everyday performance.

Working from home means you’re probably washing even more dishes so choose the eco setting on the dishwasher to offset the extra usage. It’s a small step but opting for energy saving settings on devices or appliances that are in regular use can make a difference.

3. Turn off devices that you’re not using

Appliances or devices that are in standby mode continue to use energy. Switching them off at the plug is a simple way to keep your bills down. 

If you’re using a monitor, turn it off when it’s not in use. Always shut down your laptop when you finish up for the day. Do you really need to have the TV on in the background all day?

One of the best ways to manage your consumption is to cut off unnecessary waste around your home.

4. Get smarter with your energy use

It pays to be smarter if you want to cut costs. Every home should be using energy saving lightbulbs – changing from 40 watt bulbs to A rated CFL bulbs throughout your home can save an average household over €140 a year. 

Smart thermostats can also help you manage you heating more efficiently while smart plugs can prevent your appliances from passively using energy. Smart meters can also tell you which appliances are using the most electricity and identify areas for improvement.

5. Turn that thermostat down

The Irish summer may be on its way but your workspace can still be chilly when you start the working day. It’s easy to flick on the heater in the morning and then forget about it. Try to turn it off when it’s not needed.

You can also try turning the thermostat down by a degree to use less electricity – you probably won’t notice the difference but you’ll see it in your next bill.

6. Consider a laptop if you’re using a desktop computer

Unless you really need to use a desktop for your work, a laptop could be a more efficient way to work from home. Some laptops can use up to four times less energy than a desktop so that can make a big difference over time. With some great deals available on fast, energy-efficient laptops, it could be a perfect time to recycle your old desktop and upgrade to a space-saving option that will cost less to run.

7. Conserve energy around the kitchen

You’ll save money on lunches or your morning coffee when you’re working from home but it still pays to be energy efficient. Only boil as much water as you need for your coffee and cover pans to trap the heat, speed up cooking and avoid wasting energy. It’s better for the environment and better for your pocket.

Be smart. Be Choosy. Visit Choosy.ie from the Irish Independent and see how much you could save by switching energy supplier today.