Schools are closed until May, many offices are letting people work from home and, for so many, there is no job left thanks to COVID-19. Staying at home for longer periods of time mean that we are using more utilities and that can cause your bill to soar to new heights. Experts offer some ways to keep your utility usage in check as we spend more time at home for the foreseeable future. Start with your thermostat. For every degree you raise the temperate, you save about 3% on your energy bill. Run your ceiling fans and close your curtains during the day to keep the sun from heating up the house. If you’re cooking a small amount of food, avoid using the oven. Cooking a meatloaf in a full-size electric oven for an hour costs 24 cents while cooking it in a toaster oven for about the same amount of time costs 11 cents. That can add up over time, especially when you’re cooking most meals at home. Cooking something in a smaller appliance such as a slow cooker, toaster oven, or microwave costs less than heating up your oven. Match the size of the pan size to the size of the element or burner. A 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner will waste over 40 percent of the heat produced by the burner. If your electric company offers lower rates at night, take advantage of that by timing your dishwasher to run when rates are lower. The best way to save energy in the laundry room is to use the highest spin speed available on your washer. That shortens the drying time by removing more moisture.