You turn off unnecessary lights, wash clothes in cold water and keep your thermostat in check. But your monthly energy use won’t budge. What’s keeping you from reaching your reduction goal? First figure out your baseline usage, which is made up of things that are always on and draw electricity. This refers to energy used by anything plugged in, such as appliances and electronics, even if they’re turned off. Log in to MyHydro at bchydro.com: look at your electricity-use graph for the hours when you’re asleep. Then unplug those non-essential items, such as chargers and laptops, to help you reduce your baseline usage.