Ways to save as the world works remotely
As much of the world has turned to remote work as a result of COVID-19, homes have now become offices. But just because you are spending more time at home doesn’t mean your electric usage has to skyrocket.
One simple trick to keep your electric costs low while tackling your remote work is to power down your computer when you are not using it. If shutting down your PC is not an option, LCEC energy experts recommend that you put your computer in sleep mode whenever possible.
The approximate costs for keeping a LCD screen desktop computer on 24/7 for the year:
• Fully powered: $89
• Sleep mode: $20
The following are some additional ways to save when it comes to your computer:
• Power off monitor if you will be away from your computer for more than 20 minutes.
• Power off your computer and monitor if you will be away from your computer for more than two hours.
• Ditch your desktop for a laptop which uses substantially less electricity.
• Look for the Energy Star logo when purchasing electronics.
For more ways to keep energy costs low, visit the “Energy Efficiency” tab at lcec.net.