With work and a lot of schools at home still, life/work balance has become way more challenging with a silver lining that schedules have become more flexible too. Here’s a peek into ours…
This post is sponsored by PG&E
Henry and Edie are back in school most days, but Dot and I are pals for a couple full days each week.
We start the day with ‘snuggle town’. Which just means we stay in our pjs for a while in the morning and read books together in bed. Dot loves to read me looonnng books (which sometimes means I get an extra couple minutes of snooze in there if I haven’t had my morning coffee yet).
The thing that’s great about having a flexible schedule is that if you’re a California customer of PG&E, you can manage your energy costs and create a healthier environment by being flexible in your energy usage during the day. Small shifts in your energy usage can support CA’s renewable energy goals and help manage costs!
Here’s how it works:
Every PG&E customer has the option to pick a Time-of-Use rate plan where you can manage energy costs and help the environment by shifting what time of day you use electricity-hungry appliances like dishwasher and washing machines. This means that using these appliances during off-hours like morning and midday are going to be less expensive because that is when demand is lower and renewable resources, like solar power, are most plentiful.
You can clean your dishes and then wait to run the dishwasher later in the evening, or run a delayed start if your machine allows it. Turning lights, appliances, TVs and computers off while not in use is one of the easiest ways to save anytime (we need to be better at this!).
Dot and I often do household chores midday when she’s home with me like laundry and dishes. This age is so delightful when they’re so eager to help and be given a ‘big kid’ responsibility like folding laundry or loading a dishwasher. She really is such a delight as my sidekick at home!
Dot loves coming up with a schedule for the day which we write out right after ‘snuggle town’, as long as it involves lots of coloring and games like Candy Land and Sleeping Queens.
This Time-of-Use rate plan that all Californians will have the option to select is slowly rolling out over the next year. It’s part of a statewide effort to create a cleaner energy future, and help manage energy costs. Hooray for a silver lining of spending extra time together at home!
What silver linings have you seen from all this time at home?