Tips for Managing Home Energy Use during COVID-19

As American families and businesses transition to remote work and school, they may see a surge in home energy use — and in upcoming electric bills. Simple money-saving steps can help lower monthly electric bills without jeopardizing safety or comfort.

Recommended energy-saving tips include:

• Program your thermostat to maximize energy savings. Setting your thermostat one degree lower when heating or one degree higher when cooling can reduce energy use by up to 5%.
• Do full loads of laundry and wash with cold water. Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load’s energy use in half, and using cold water will save even more.
• Air dry dishes. This step can cut your dishwasher’s energy use by up to 50%.
• Substitute LEDs for conventional lightbulbs. Lighting can amount to up to 12% of monthly energy use. LED bulbs can cut lighting costs by 75%.
• Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Small appliances and electronics use energy even when not in use. When powered on, game consoles, televisions and similar electronics are responsible for up to 12% of energy use.

Colorado electric cooperative consumer-members who have questions about their energy bills should contact their local cooperative. If you need your local co-op’s contact information, please email