7 Energy-Efficiency Tips for Distance Learning

Embark on your at-home distance learning setup with Southern California Edison.

The enthusiasm and planning for back to school feels a little different this year. Previously, back-to-school planning involved clothing and supplies for your child’s in-school experience. For many of us, this semester is different.

We’ve become all too familiar with the term “
distance learning.” There is a laundry list of things and logistics parents and guardians need to think about to ensure distance learning feels like being in school to your child.

To help plan your “home classroom” for distance learning, we’re sharing some
energy-efficient tips. Being energy efficient can help lower your energy bill and we’re hoping that’s a stress we can take off your plate.

If you’re still teleworking and managing distance learning (again!), don’t forget to share these tips on all your online parent forums and groups.

  • Embrace natural light instead of turning on lamps and ceiling lights. Natural light is also a mood booster. If the sun is too direct, install sheer curtains.
  • Open windows to bring in a cool breeze. Temperatures in the morning are cooler, so when your child starts their distance learning, open the windows instead of turning on the air conditioner. SCE’s Appliance Energy Use Cost Estimator can show you how much running your air conditioner can potentially cost you.
  • Distance learning in the afternoon? Close the blinds or curtains to keep out the afternoon heat and turn on your fan. Five tips on how to maximize your fan’s efficiency.
  • Fun new desk lamp? Don’t forget to use ENERGY STAR® certified bulbs, which use 90% less energy and can last 15-25 times longer than standard bulbs. Hint: Use a cooler, bluer lightbulb marked 5000K for a more natural light and mood boosting benefits.
  • Turn off the computer monitor when not in use. This is a great time to assess the “vampire appliances” in your home. There could be over 40 lurking, such as printers, chargers and televisions.
  • Bring out the slow cooker. Using your slow cooker can save 50%-80% less energy than standard stovetops and ovens. Get your child involved and teach them a recipe as part of their distance learning. More tips on saving energy while cooking.
  • Disconnect and get outside. Being outdoors is beneficial for kids and adults. We could all use a little more recess time in our lives.