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Can Working From Home Help Your Energy Bills?

May 1st, 2018 by cverdone

Energy Bills Woman

Doing freelance work has become a method of working that can be relaxing, you won’t have to take the time to commute to the office every day. You have the choice to accomplish your work tasks anywhere, including the comforts of your own home. Working at home can be of great advantage in terms of expenses on commuting and food, but can result in an increase in your energy bills due to great usage of electricity. Here are some smart ways on lowering your energy bills to make it easier for you to work at home.  

Make Sure Electronics Are Turned Off

Working long hours in front of your computer can get tiring and you can’t help but take a break from staring at the screen too long. There are instances where some people forget to turn off their computers and unplug their laptops during their break time. Leaving your electronics running on power can cause an increase in your energy bills. To avoid this, whether you are taking a nap or attending to your house chores instead of working, make it a habit to turn off your electronic devices. Other kinds of electronics also include coffee makers, electric fans and desk lamps.

Use A Programmable Thermostat

The fluctuation of hot and cold air inside your homes can have a great impact on your energy bills and sometimes cannot be attended to if you have to meet clients or attend to work errands outside your homes. This is where a programmable thermostat comes in handy, this will help control the temperature inside your homes, especially when you are not at home.

Use Energy-Consuming Appliances At Night

Why is this the case? For example, if you wish to use your dishwasher or laundry machines at the day time when taking a break from work, the heat being produced causes a drastic spike in your energy bills, like how the air conditioner uses extra effort to function when it is summer season. With this, you can finish work before dinner, then after your meal proceed to do your household chores such as cleaning the dishes or doing laundry, then head to sleep afterwards. This will be of big help with saving your energy bills, and having a more fixed routine as well.

Insulate Your Home

Working at your home during the winter season can be a bit of a challenge, when it gets too chilly you can’t help but blast the heater to a higher temperature just to make the insides of your homes cozy. That could be a solution but it will be harsh on your energy bills. To make your homes warmer, you can have your homes insulated, take the time to think if it will be a worthy investment or not. Also, you can wear layers of clothes or bring around a portable heater to keep you even cozier.

If your utility bills remain high despite these efforts, the problem could be your HVAC system. Have a licensed technician look over your heaters and air conditioning to assess its condition. Call for one from Thornton Heating at (847) 905-1608.