Whether you’re on the work from home grind five days a week, or you’ve transitioned to one day a week, you can never be armed with enough tips to save money on your energy bills and, of course, help the environment.
So to help you cut back on energy like a pro, we’ve teamed up with Momentum Energy to serve up, practical, easy to implement tips to help you get a handle on WFH life, without the hefty energy bills.
Be Savvy With Your Cooling And Heating
Depending on the time of year and where in Australia you’re working, chances are at some point you’ll be tempted to crank the air conditioning or the heating. But before you do, make sure to exhaust all other options first. Could a simple change of clothing help to mitigate feeling too hot or too cold? After all, your closet is only a few steps away, right? It also helps to make set up your WFH place in a warm or cool spot in the house (depending on the season). Remember, you’re not bolted to the ground, so move around wherever is most comfortable. The cosy sun-drenched nook in the kitchen might be great for winter, and a spot by the window with a cool breeze could be perfect for warmer months without having to always resort to energy-using methods.
If you’re still feeling hot or cold, make sure you’re not going overboard by heating or cooling rooms no one is using. If you’re working from home, you’re likely to be stationed in the one room for most of the day, so make sure to only heat or cool the room you’re working in and watch the saved dollars roll in.
Ensure Your Energy Provider Is Up To Scratch
Make sure to shop around for a contract that has prices and conditions that suit your specific needs, especially if you’re going to be working from home consistently. Make sure to carefully consider your circumstances for your household and choose your market contract accordingly.
When shopping around for an energy provider make sure to consider not only price but look for things like whether or not their Aussie owned and operated, how their existing customers might rate their service and whether they support renewable energy. Momentum Energy is owned by Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest generator of renewable energy. So supporting one of the smaller guys, like Momentum, could really help to support renewable generation in Australia. So make sure to take the time to choose wisely.
Make Use Of Natural Light
While this might sound obvious, you might be surprised at what you might discover on a reconnaissance of your house at different times of the day. When it comes to working from home, natural light is your best friend. Not only does it make for photoshoot-quality lighting in all your Zoom meetings, but it also helps to keep you feeling focused and productive. Because no one feels inspired to do work in a dark corner of their house, drenched with retina-burning bright lights or sub-par lamps that have you squinting at your notepad.
Most importantly, making use of natural light means saving on your energy bill. So whether it’s propping yourself on the kitchen table in the morning when the natural light is in abundance and then relocating to your bedroom after lunch to soak up those afternoon rays — make sure you’re making the most of Mother Nature’s light bulb and looking good on Zoom calls while you’re at it.
Switch To LED Lights
If you’re not fortunate enough to score natural light around the clock, you’re faced with less than perfect weather conditions or, you’re working well into the night to make that deadline, you’ll be pleased to know there are alternate solutions.
If you haven’t already, fitting energy-saving lightbulbs is a seriously easy and cost-effective approach to lighting your home. While they are more expensive to purchase, they are sure to save you money in the long run. How? Well, not only do LED lights require far less energy to power, but they also last much longer than usual halogen lightbulbs. Looks like it’s time to pull out the step ladder and hop to it.
Investing In Energy-Efficient Appliances
Chances are if you’re working from home, you’re also using your appliances more. Yes, we’re talking about all those extra trips to the fridge each day and the extra dishwasher cycles from cooking your lunch each day. While you might not think your extra time at home is making much difference, if you’re not using energy-efficient appliances, it can really start to hike up your bills at the end of each month.
So, if your dishwasher is a little worse for wear or your fridge is in need of an upgrade, make sure you opt for white goods that have a high energy rating. It’s easy—appliances with one star are the least energy-efficient, and those with ten stars are the most energy-efficient. While most energy-efficient appliances are usually more expensive, they will end up saving you in the long run. So do your research and make sure to shop around for the best deal. You can even use an energy calculator to work out how much an appliance will cost to run, depending on its efficiency and how often you’ll use it.
Switch Off At The End Of The Day
Much like flipping your phone shut after a phone call (circa 2004), closing your laptop at the end of the workday is incredibly satisfying, however, simply closing the lid on your laptop isn’t actually turning it off. Your laptop is on standby and still uses energy that it doesn’t need to be using while you’re cooking dinner or knee-deep in a new Netflix series.
So when you’re finished your day at work, make sure to properly ‘shut down’ your laptop, along with anything else you’re using like monitors or TVs. It might take you a few extra seconds but you can rest easy knowing you’re not using up unnecessary energy and you’re keeping your bills down. You can even ensure all of your ‘work’ energy is plugged into one powerboard, so it’s a simple flick off a wall switch to turn it all off. Who knew saving energy could be so easy?!
Whether it’s upgrading your appliances or finally tackling the task of switching your LED lights, if you’re all about saving money and the planet, maybe you’re Momentum. To find out more about Momentum Energy, click here.
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