CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Your power bill could be much larger this month, especially if you’re working from home, along with your spouse or roommate and kids.
Investigate TV’s consumer investigator Rachel DePompa has ways to help you cut that bill down.
Many of us are under stay-at-home orders and working from home, plugged in all day. We’re connecting to coworkers and friends through video chats and Zoom meetings constantly.
When we’re not working, we’re streaming TV shows and movies.
Rachel DePompa zoomed with Dominion Energy to find out how to save you money.
A lot of people are worried about their electric bill next month.
It's Matthew Adams job to teach people how to keep their energy bills low. He's an energy assistance outreach administrator.
“There will be an increase in bills a lot more people in the home a lot more energy being used,” Adams said.
DePompa says nearly half of your total energy costs go to heating and cooling your home. Anything you can do to reduce the amount of time your heat or A/C is running can save you a lot of money.
“When it's weather appropriate, turn the AC or heater off. Open up some windows. Let in some natural sunlight. If it's cooler keep the windows shut. But open the curtains and let the sunlight come in and warm up the room. Maybe put on a hoodie instead of turning up the heat,” Adams said.
Change your filters every three months or more if needed.
And make sure there is nothing blocking an air vent.
If you are working from home plug in everything to a surge protector. That includes computers, lights, and especially charging devices.
Turn off the surge protector when you're not using it, because chargers, including the one for your cell phone-- are constantly sucking energy.
“It’s actually using a surprising amount of energy. The way that those charging devices are designed. They will actually drain and pull electricity through them even when you're not actually charging a device,” Adams said.
If your kids are home, try limiting their amount of screen time, from TV's to gaming devices or iPads.
And if you can, don't use the oven all the time.
“If it's warm outside try grilling or using a slow cooker. The slow cooker uses the same amount of energy as a light bulb. And of course the grill doesn't really use any energy at all,” Adams said.
Turn off your lights when you aren't using them, even your LED lights.
And limit the amount of time you run your hot water.
Your water and your power bill will thank you.
Many power companies across the nation have suspended disconnects during the crisis, but you still want to pay what you can and not get too far behind on your bill.
If you are having trouble paying, reach out to your power company and see what they are doing to help.