Understand Your Usage
Electric usage varies from day to day and month to month, depending upon a variety of factors including how many people in your home, your daily habits, the weather, and the time of year.
Spending more time at home
The changes in your routine due to COVID-19 may find you spending a lot of time at home and your daily energy use patterns may change. Consider these changes that could impact your energy use:
- Fuller house - Kids home all day? College kids home early? Adult children staying at home with you?
- More hot water - For more showers and baths for the fuller house?
- More laundry - More people in the house – more clothes to wash and dry?
- Cooking more - How many more meals are you cooking at home?
- Stocking up - Did you plug in an extra refrigerator or freezer for your groceries?
- More dishes - More meals means more dishes to wash
- Working from home - Laptops and monitors on all day - How many in your home are now doing this? Are there more mobile devices to charge every day/night now?
- Staying comfortable - Maybe using a space heater to warm up your home office or using an air conditioning to cool it off?
- Staying busy - Kids gaming or watching movies – individual devices all plugged in?
- Working out - At home on the treadmill instead of at the gym?
Now you know if having the kids
home from college is impacting more
than just the grocery bill,
thanks to Energy Analyzer
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Tips to help you manage your energy use while spending time at home
- Turn off lights whenever you leave a room or don't need them
- Use task lighting over desks, tables and workbenches
- Take advantage of natural light whenever possible
- Use the air-drying option instead of heat drying. Or better yet, turn off the drying cycle, open the dishwasher and let the contents air dry
- Keep your refrigerator temperature setting just low enough to chill milk (38-40 degrees F) and the freezer low enough to keep ice cream hard (around 5 degrees F)
- Did you know, every time you open your refrigerator, approximately 30% of the cold air escapes?
- Instead of opening your oven door to check what’s cooking look through the window.
- Use advanced power strips to eliminate any ‘standby’ power that many devices consume even when turned off.
- Set your water heater at 120 degrees F (Many are preset at 140 degrees F)
Your electricity use — it's simple math:
For example: How much energy does my clothes dryer use?
|A clothes dryer||= 3,000 watts|
|Divide that wattage by 1,000 to get the # of kilowatts||= 3 kilowatts|
|Multiply the kilowatts (3) by the number of hours used (1) (equals one load)||= 3 kWh (number of kilowatt hours used to dry your clothes)|
|Multiply the kWh (3) by the cost (22.5 cents per kWh*)||= $.68 (cost per load to dry your clothes)|
*The total cost per kWh for customers taking Standard Service generation supply is 22.5 cents
(UI delivery is 14.2 cents and Standard Service supply is 8.3 cents) Your supply rate may vary – if you have selected a different supplier - check your bill for your supply price.
- To estimate the hours used, think about how your appliances operate – does the appliance cycle on and off all day? Is it on steady for 8 to 10 hours?
- Look at your billing period – remember your monthly bill may not be a calendar month.
- Look at your bill to find the cost of your electricity delivery and supply charges.
Get the kids involved!
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