Owning a home studio to record your own music is an incredible boon. You save a lot of money by not renting out music studios for a hour or two. Additionally you’re not rushed and have unlimited time to get things done at your own pace.
However, one of the major downfalls of running a home studio is that all that bloody equipment costs a lot of money!
Here are some ways to reduce operating costs by making some changes to your studio.
Insulate the Walls and Ceiling
If you live in Ontario, you know how brutal the winters can be. Your home studio is probably one of the largest rooms in the house, and one where you want it to be warm while you record music. Invest in some quality insulation for your home studio, and for your whole house. This can drastically reduce your electric bills.
Also ensure that you reduce the thermostat when its not in use. I turn off all heating when I’m not using the studio, and set it to around 70 F(which is a comfortable temperature for me) for when I’m using it.
Unplug When Not in Use
Unplug all your audio equipment when it’s not in use. You can save around 10 percent on your home studio electricity bills by unplugging your equipment when it’s not in use.
Use LED Lighting
I’m going to guess your home studio is well lit. That means using the wrong type of lighting can result in costs adding up if you have a lot of lighting in the room. LED lighting is easily 75 percent cheaper in the long run than conventional lighting and switching over can help you make a major dent in electricity bills.
Fix any Air Leaks
A common way that people lose heat from their home is through air leaks at windows at doors. Hire a certified electrician to take a look at that for you and perhaps caulk the windows. I personally hired an acquaintance of mine, who is known as one of the best Mississauga electricians. You want to make sure that all your doors are airtight even inside your house as you could lose a lot of heat to unused rooms. If you have a basement you absolutely want to make sure that heat doesn’t leak down to under there, because that’ll massively drive up your electricity bill.