As we all take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are undoubtedly spending more time at home. If you are caring for children home from school or working from home, you may experience an increase in energy use.
Idaho Power is here to help with tips on saving energy at home:
- Open the curtains. Save energy by using sunshine instead of lamps to light your workspace.
- Minimize your gadgets when possible. Remember, extra monitors, keyboards and computers use extra energy.
- Enable power-save settings on computer equipment, televisions and gaming systems, and when you’re away for longer periods, turn them off completely. Electronics in standby mode still use energy.
- It’s a great time to use your pressure cooker! By cooking food at a higher temperature and pressure, cooking time is reduced drastically and energy use is cut by at least 50%.
- Wash your clothes in cold water. Water heating accounts for 90% of energy use by washing machines.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline instead of a dryer.
And don’t forget you can keep an eye on your energy use to see how the change in routine is impacting your bill and prevent any surprises. Track energy use by signing up for My Account at my.idahopower.com. For more energy saving advice, visit idahopower.com/save.