Saving Energy While Working from Home

Working from home

From CEOs to schoolchildren, many of us are finding ourselves quarantined at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, conducting all aspects of life from one space. Our homes, which typically function as a place of rest and relaxation at the end of the day, now have to be so much more. We are working, playing, learning… doing everything from home.

For some customers, this additional time at home and higher energy usage could result in an increase in energy bills. We’ve put together a series of tips to help you be mindful of your energy use and reduce it when possible.

As we all navigate this new normal, Dominion Energy is doing everything we can to help you weather this storm.

Take Time to Power Down

  • For your mental health and well being, find time to power down mentally and physically. Signal to your brain that work is over for the day by turning off your devices.
  • Use a central power strip for all your work-related devices, then turn the strip off when you’re finished for the day. Your devices use electricity when plugged in — even when they’re turned off.
  • Try not to leave your office lamp on all day. Always turn off your lights when leaving a room.
  • Just as it’s important to unwind at the end of the day, unplug your devices too. Disconnect devices when they’re fully charged and turn off your laptop completely when it is not in use.
  • We love photos of our dogs too, but hibernate mode on your computer uses less energy than screensaver mode and allows your equipment to cool down.
  • Ordering a new monitor? Look for ENERGY STAR® equipment for options that use
    less energy.

Save Money by Degrees

  • On cool days, keep the thermostat close to 68 degrees. On warm days, move it to 78 degrees.
  • Replace or clean the air filter for your heat pump, air conditioner or furnace once a month.
  • Switch to lower temperatures for all your laundry and rinse in cold water.
  • If the weather is nice, open your windows for fresh air – instead of running your heat or AC. Tell your “coworkers” to go outside and play.
  • Also, encourage your “coworkers” to take shorter showers to save on water heating costs.

Stay Dry

  • Save energy and money by combining your loads. Always wash and dry a full load of clothes to make the best use of your appliances and energy dollars.
  • Clean the lint filter after every load of laundry. When its full of lint, the dryer has to use more energy to dry items.

And, Finally, Lunch at Home… Again

  • Use your microwave or toaster oven instead of your oven to save power.

Interested in how we are working to safeguard the health of our communities during this time? Check out our coronavirus update page.

Interested in more tips overall? View energy saving tips for your home.