Energy-saving tips for customers as they stay at home
The more you stay at home, the more you decrease the risks to everyone during this pandemic. But all of this extra time at home is changing how Alliant Energy customers use energy.
Many of Alliant customers have traded their workplaces for home offices. With more people at home and on their computers all day, the extra screen time means extra energy use.
Some children have turned their house into their schoolhouse. That can mean even more computers on during the day.
People are turning to their TVs, computers and video games to take their minds off the pandemic.
The kitchen has become a busy place. Some people are leaning into their baking hobby. Others are just cooking a lot more at home, vs. relying on their favorite lunch spot or their kids’ school cafeteria. The dishwasher and the water heater are certainly working overtime to keep everything clean.
The following are just a few energy saving tips that you can use every day.
The highest spin cycle on you washing machine removes more water from clothes, so there’s less work for your dryer.
Cook with microwaves, toaster ovens and slow-cookers when possible. They use 50 percent less energy than full-sized electric ovens.
Run your dishwasher only when you have a full load and use the air-dry cycle. If your dishwasher has a “booster” water heater, use it. It will heat the water to 140 degrees as recommended by manufacturers, while maintaining an energy-saving 120 degrees on your primary water heater.
Use the right size burner on your stove. Putting a six-inch pot on an eight-inch burner wastes 40 percent of that burner’s heat. Always put a small pot on a small burner and a large pot on a large burner.
Many appliances, especially computers, televisions and cable or satellite boxes, use power even when they’re turned off. A smart power strip switches them to off when you’re not using them to save all the stand by energy.
Many video game systems come out of the box without the energy-saving features turned on. Take a few minutes to go to the settings on your system and turn on the energy saving mode.
Try Alliant Energy’s Budget Billing program. They look at your average energy use to determine a set amount to pay each month. This helps avoid spikes when you use more energy. Signing up now won’t affect the energy you’ve already used, but it will put you in a good place moving forward.