A majority of lives has been changed due to the pandemic, turning many living rooms, kitchens, and basements into home offices. The trend of remote work is here to stay and most likely will continue. A recent survey showed that more than one-third of employees surveyed want to continue working from home after restrictions are lifted.
Although working from home has major perks, overall, it has increased monthly expenses for employees. Reportedly, expenses that went up were utilities, groceries and restaurants. It might feel like remote work is cheaper than commuting to the office, but that may not be entirely true. The average family or four will pay approximately $10 a month to keep all their screen lit as parents work from home and kids continue e-learning.
Furthermore, since more people are doing everything at home and online – work, school, and entertainment – the biggest hidden cost may come from the energy bill. It takes a lot of energy to stay connected 24/7 and to be motivated and productive. Using computers, laptops, and other electronic devices, as well as more streaming, watching more television shows, using more AC – all adds up to using even more electricity.
So, where are the extra energy cost coming from?
This uses up most energy in homes. It’s been a hot and muggy summer in the Chicago area and Midwest region. Trying to keep a home at a comfortable temperature takes a lot of energy.
Energy-saving tip: Change the filter on AC unit frequently and draw blinds and curtains during the day.
Entertainment at Home
Since staying at home, there’s been a lot more binge-watching, catching up on favorite shows, or watching TV just to pass time. Some households, have their TVs on 24/7.
Energy-saving tip: Turn-off television when not watching it.
Working from Home
Using laptops and desktops uses more energy. And it adds up quickly when you include multiple devices, number of people using them and duration of use.
Energy-saving tip: Unplug devices when not using them and set energy-efficiency programs on your devices.
Another way to look at it, is that employers are the one benefiting from remote work. They’re saving on electricity, supplies, food and maintenance. As a result, many homeowners have been looking into solar energy to help in the reduction of their energy bills. Interested? Learn more by clicking here.
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