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How is COVID-19 impacting your energy use?

Find out in MyHydro

Spending more time at home has become a way of life - and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon. For a lot of us, this has meant a significant change to our daily routine, including homeschooling kids and working from home. Have you wondered about how your new routine has impacted your electricity use and your bill? And during the colder months where electricity bills tend to go up, can you identify any areas for savings?

Try logging into MyHydro - it can tell you a lot about your usage and help you identify areas where you may be able to make changes that reduce your bill.

Is your bill higher than last year?

The first thing to do is get an overall idea of whether your usage has gone up since last year. Here’s how to do it:

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    When you log into MyHydro, click on the View detailed consumption button underneath the graph showing your last 7 days. This will take you to a much more detailed graph like the one above.

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    Click on the Last billing period dropdown and select Custom.

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    COVID-19 started to make a major impact in March. So select March 1, 2020 as your first date and today’s date as the second date.

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    Click the green Apply button.

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    Finally, click on the Compare: None dropdown and select Last year’s consumption.

Now you can see week by week when you used more (or less) electricity than last year. You can also click the Weekly dropdown to view Monthly or by Billing Period.

What might have caused you to use more power?

Obviously, you’re not going to remember what you were doing on each day, but by looking at a selection of different days (weekdays and weekends) and thinking about how your schedule has changed during the pandemic, you can make some informed observations.

To help with this, you’ll need to review your usage hour-by-hour. Clicking on the blue bars will allow you see even more detail in your usage – weekly, daily and hourly. Take a look at where usage is noticeably higher than last year.

Here are some things to consider when reviewing your consumption:

  • Waking up: With no commute, maybe you’re getting up later, and instead of rushing out of the door and grabbing breakfast at a local coffee shop, you’re turning on the stove or the juicer and brewing coffee at home.

  • Logging in: If you’re working or learning from home, you’re probably using at least one computer and phone - and maybe more depending on the number of people in your household. You may also have other home office equipment, such as a printer or multiple monitors that you didn’t have before. Plus, your lights might be on longer and maybe you have a T.V. on in the background.

  • Lunch time: After a morning of work or school, perhaps you’re turning on the stove to make yourself and your family a hot lunch? This might mean you’re running the dishwasher more often.

  • Down time: Are you squeezing in chores like vacuuming or laundry in between meetings? Being at home all day means you can multitask all kinds of things you used to do in the evenings. While this may not be using more electricity than before, it’s probably shifted your usage patterns.

  • Logging off: You’re probably eating out a lot less, which has you cooking dinner at home most evenings. And since you don’t need to be up early to commute, maybe you’re staying up later streaming more shows and movies?

Logging in to MyHydro and checking your consumption regularly will become even more important as the shorter, colder days have you turning on the heat and keeping the lights on longer.

Check out our helpful tips to find out ways to save.