We have a recording studio where we do all our work, and it serves our needs fine except for the fact that it was costing us a lot in the power bill department. The guys and I were thinking of dropping the whole thing to save on cost, but fortunately we figured out a way to reduce our expenses and keep on playing and making music. Here’s how we did it, thanks to my friend Bonnie, a Toronto electrician.
The Bare Essentials
The first thing we did was remove all the unnecessary devices and appliances we didn’t use, and we just stuck with the essentials like a recording device, DAW, microphones, headphones, speakers and an audio interface. Next, we insulated the walls and ceiling. This required some effort and work, but it cut down the heating and our CO2 emissions significantly so it was worth it.
You’ve probably heard this before, but yes, we switched to LED light, and the difference is just great. The lighting is as good, but LED lights don’t need frequent replacements and they don’t produce heat, something we hated with our old lighting. We also took a good look at the studio and noticed there were numerous air leaks around the windows and doors. We had these fixed, and it’s really cheap as caulking costs about a dollar, and it made a huge difference in terms of reducing our energy bill.
I also make sure that our studio doesn’t overcool or overheat, so I set the thermostat at 68 F during the day and 55 F at night. During the summer we keep it around 78. It might not seem much, but the reduction in cost is quite significant when you add it all up. I also make it a point now to clean and replace the filters as suggested by the manufacturer, and it’s great to see them work smoothly. Today I can’t help but notice how less strenuous they work compared to when the air filters were dirty.
The other steps we take are practical ones, such as turning off the lights when we’re done working, turning off the computer when not in use, and turning off the air conditioner when the weather’s agreeable. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but you should give it a try and the next time the bill arrives, don’t be surprised if the cost is 25% lower, or even more. If we were able to do it, so can you.