If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to go with the flow. For many of us, there has been less driving, less working in person (or, sadly, less working at all), more time at home, and more businesses that are under-occupied. As we shift, so does our energy usage. 

This brave new world has impacts at home and work. We’re powering up our residential heating systems for more hours of the day; keeping our hygiene on point with extra hot water for handwashing, dishes, and laundry; and possibly going to larger, energy-intensive internet packages. Meanwhile, business owners and facility managers may have idle equipment or vacant buildings that don’t need to be heated and cooled to the usual standards of human comfort, health and safety.

So how to keep the utility bills at a minimum? CORE, with help from Holy Cross Energy, has prepared energy checklists for buildings. These DIY energy projects and conservation measures will keep a lid on the bills and help maintain some energy sanity, paying off with resiliency that starts now and continues into the future. Taking the steps will also cut carbon emissions and get residents on CORE’s Path to Zero ( Rebates may be available and some energy-efficiency products can be delivered straight to your door from the HCE Store (

The benefits are wide-ranging. Energy-efficiency gains equal utility savings. DIY projects, like those on the checklists, can be performed now while maintaining social distancing and honoring construction orders. And CORE and Holy Cross Energy are still offering rebates during this time. There’s an added bonus: when the lights do come back on, so to speak, buildings with energy improvements will continue to be much more efficient and resilient, reaping financial rewards and carbon savings into the future.