Tips to help reduce utility costs while staying at home


If you’re spending more time inside streaming movies, working on your computer or washing dishes, Energy Trust of Oregon has compiled some tips to help you manage your utility bill.

  • Watch movies and TV as a whole family to minimize how many devices you’re using.
  • Shut off your computer and other devices when not in use. A desktop and monitor can use up to four times more energy than a laptop.
  • Unplug computer and cell phone chargers when not in use. Consider using a power strip in your media area to turn off all devices with the flip of a switch.
  • Set your computer to go to sleep or power down after 10 minutes of inactivity.
  • Use energy wisely in the kitchen. Cooking more meals at home means more dishes. Make sure to run your dishwasher only when full, and check for energy-saving settings on your dishwasher, fridge and other appliances.
  • Rework your thermostat schedule. Adjust your settings a few degrees lower during warmer days or take advantage of the sun by turning off your heat whenever possible.

For more energy-saving tips, contact Energy Trust at 1.866.368.7878.