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How do all those video calls impact your bill?

Adapting to life behind the screen

How different life this past year and a half would have been without video calls. While we all had the occasional video call from time to time before the pandemic, the overnight explosion of virtual project meetings, job interviews, conferences, workshops, school lessons and yoga classes (just to name a few) has certainly been a significant shift.

Since March 2020, video calls have provided the personal connection that we’ve all missed. But they’re also tiring. Knowing that your face is going to fill the screens of your coworkers’ giant monitors all day can be stressful. Then you need to find a quiet, bright, tidy part of your home to appear in the background, and it’s got to have good WIFI coverage.

You may have even upgraded your internet and/or smartphone data plan to ensure you don’t exceed your limit. And finally, you may have been wondering: “how are all those video calls going to impact my electricity bill?”

Video calls and electricity costs: a family scenario

Well, the good news is that an average quality 1 hour video call costs roughly $0.0023. That’s less than a quarter of a cent! But what might that look like for a family of 4 over a year?

Let’s say two parents each average 5 hours of work video calls every weekday, plus 1 hour of social video calls every day.

Then let’s say both kids each average 3 hours of school video calls every weekday plus 3 hours of social video calls every day.

This adds up to a total of 136 hours of video calls a week - or about $0.31. Over a year, this would cost just over $16.

That might not seem like much, but if you’re trying to reduce your electricity usage or you’re in a Team Power Smart Challenge, it’s worth asking yourself if every call really needs video? Regular phone calls, texts and email all cost less - and they save you from always having to look your best!