Back to School Energy Savings
Back to school is an opportunity to educate about energy—and to save!
With the kids going back to school, there will be less activity at home during the day. Take advantage of the empty house by setting your family up to reduce your energy use.
Follow these tips to start cutting your usage today.
- Turn off lights and electronics. Make the morning more energy efficient by using timers to turn off lamps, coffee makers, TVs, etc. Installing smart outlets and plugs also gives you more control by allowing you to power them off remotely from a mobile device.
- Unplug devices that are not in use. Many devices still draw "phantom" power when plugged in—even if they're turned off. Unplugging chargers, computers, video game consoles, etc., helps to save energy. Smart power strips use a combination of timers, sensors and Internet connectivity to power down devices when they are not in use.
- Adjust your thermostat. As the summer heat winds down, program (or adjust) your thermostat. This will prevent the air-conditioning from running as much during the day when no one is home. On cooler days, turn off your air conditioner and open windows to let in fresh air.
- Utilize the sun. On warm, sunny days, keeping your shades closed will keep your home cooler and save on air-conditioning costs. However, on cooler days, use the sun's heat to keep your home comfortable by letting in the sunshine.
- Run your appliances efficiently. If you're preparing lunches for yourself or your kids, take out everything you need from the fridge at one time and close the door. Continuing to open and shut the fridge door uses more energy to keep a consistent temperature. When washing clothes or dishes, only run appliances with full loads. Clothes washers and dishwashers use the same amount of energy regardless of the size of the load.
- Track your energy usage. Sign into My Account to see how much energy you are using on average per month. Use our tools to compare your usage with other nearby homes.
- Teach your kids to be energy-efficient. MGE works with area schools to provide curriculum and programming that educates kids about gas and electric safety and how they can help create a more sustainable future. Our curriculum covers topics from renewable energy and energy efficiency to circuits and conductivity. Visit mge.com/schools to learn more about our programs and how these concepts can be applied at home!