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Energy Savings Tips During the Quarantine

May 22, 2020

energy savings tips during the quarantine

If you’re one of the millions of Americans dealing with the current pandemic crisis, you’re likely reading this from your home, where you’ve been told to shelter-in-place. While these recommendations might be inconvenient, you can still make positive changes during this uncertain time. Check out these energy savings tips during the quarantine that can reduce your energy bills without spending an extra cent.

Use natural light

An energy supplier to Southern California, suggests using nature to your advantage. When warmth is needed, open shades to let in sunlight or a window to allow warmer air to enter the house. Conversely, when trying to cool, pull down the shades or open a window to let in cold air. When it’s comfortable, close things up. Easy. Keep interior doors open, so air circulates freely. Clean duct covers register covers and heating fins, and change your furnace filter. Accumulated dirt and debris affect airflow, which forces your heating/cooling system to work harder. One other tip for those with ceiling fans: run them clockwise in the winter to push warm air down, and counter-clockwise in the summer to pull warm air toward the ceiling. Just remember to turn them off when you leave the room, as fans affect people, not spaces.

Keep your fridge stocked and well-maintained

It’s not valuable to keep more food than you can consume within the timeframe of your shelter-in-place. It’s suggested that a thirty-day supply is a good rule-of-thumb. Keep your fridge full, but ensure that none of your goods block essential ventilation. If your fridge is too empty, more warm air enters the interior, forcing your fridge to work harder to cool. Alternatively, if your fridge is too full, the cold air won’t correctly circulate around your food to keep it chilled. While you’re at it, go ahead and adjust your fridge’s temperature. The FDA recommends setting your fridge set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer to 0 degrees or slightly below.

Use your dishwasher

I know you won’t believe me when I say this, but we are using WAY MORE dishes right now. Using a dishwasher instead of washing by hand reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% – I couldn’t believe this until I read this research.

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