During a shelter in place quarantine, it’s tough to stay occupied. Staying indoors all day is bound to raise your monthly utility bills and energy consumption. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve compiled some tips to help you and your family save water, conserve energy, and save on your utility bills–even while self-quarantined.
Let’s start with water. Did you know that 30 to 60 percent of our domestic drinking water is used to water our lawns and gardens? Did you also know that large portions are wasted by over-watering, evaporation, and misdirected sprinklers? Think about these numbers next time you break out the hose or turn on the sprinklers.
Simple Water Saving Tips:
- Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth
- Limit the time you spend in the shower
- Use a low flow showerhead and faucet attachment
- Fix leaks the moment they arise
- Install a dual flush or low flow toilet, or use a conservation kit
- Install a rain barrel for outdoor watering
- Plant a rain garden
- Watch your water bill closely and monitor your usage
Energy Issues You May Not Think of While Quarantined
We’re home a lot more these days, and with that comes added energy use. We realize that bingeing Netflix all day will raise the electric bill, but consider a few points you might not have thought of:
Keep the Fridge Door Closed
Probably brought on by boredom more than hunger, we find our quarantined-selves returning to the fridge over and over looking for a snack. This constant opening and closing of the fridge door releases the cold and wastes energy. Combat this by making yourself a set meal plan. You can even try a few new recipes to keep yourself busy.
Use Washing Machines and Dishwashers Effectively
Again, boredom might lead you to clean. To conserve water, however, wait for a full load to run the dishwasher or washing machine. If you have a newer washing machine, switch to cold wash cycles. In newer machines, you don’t need to use hot water to get clean clothes, and cold wash cycles will save more energy.
Lastly, use the rising temperatures to hang-dry your clothes outside. If this isn’t an option for you, use a drying rack indoors, or take a few steps to make your dryer perform at its best:
- Clean the lint trap after every load
- Vacuum dryer vents to clean missed lint
- Use dryer balls or a dry towel to speed up the cycle
- Don’t over-dry the load–utilize sensors or check on the dampness of your load periodically to make sure you’re not running the dryer longer than you need to
- Don’t mix heavy items like towels with lighter ones. They will take longer than necessary to dry
Turn off the Lights and Unplug When You Can
Just because you are home all day doesn’t mean you need the lights on at all times. Utilize natural light during the day. Remember, one of the most energy-saving upgrades you can make in your home is switching to energy-saving lightbulbs. And, of course, unplug any devices you aren’t using to prevent “energy vampires”.
During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak, Finken has increased our safety precautions and will continue deliveries for as long as we safely can. For your heating, cooling, plumbing, and water needs, contact us to learn more.