While millions of Americans are staying home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, many of them may not be thinking about what their next energy bill will look like. But as an Associate, you probably already know what’s coming: More time at home means more energy consumption, which could mean a higher bill than usual.
It wouldn’t hurt to give them a heads up and help them prepare! Our friends at Stream have a fantastic blog full of resources for cutting back on usage you can share, and they’ve provided these tips to get you started:
- Keep your air filters clean to help reduce energy consumption from 5% to 15% and keep your A/C running at peak condition.
- Only wash full loads of laundry and use cold water. Around 90% of the energy washing machines use comes from heating the water.
- Clean the lint trap every time you use the dryer to improve circulation and help you save around $30 a year.
- Set your fridge between 35° and 38°. Set your freezer to 0°.
- Set ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise to help you feel around 4° cooler.
- Installing shades on your east- and west-facing windows can help absorb heat and UV rays before they enter your home.
- Try not to use the oven and other heat-emitting appliances, like your dishwasher and dryer, during the hottest part of the day. They can heat up your home, causing your A/C to work harder to cool. Instead, consider using the microwave, stove top or grill to cook.
- Adjust your water heater from 140° to 120°. This can help you save up to $60 a year.
- Many appliances and electronics drain energy just by being plugged in. Unplug devices you aren’t using or that are sufficiently charged.
- Opt for LED lights. They use up to 80% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
You’re also in a position to help new customers save by sharing Stream’s excellent new rates. All markets are enjoying truly competitive pricing right now—don’t keep it to yourself!