Working from home can be an excellent way to save money on commuting and other work-related expenses. However, it’s important to keep in mind that spending more time at home can lead to higher electricity bills.
Luckily, there are many effective ways to save energy and money when working from home.
Switch on your computer’s energy saving mode
One of the most important steps to an energy-efficient home office is to switch on your computer’s energy-saving mode. This lowers power consumption during any moments when you stop using it. Additionally, laptops use less power than desktop computers, so if you have the option, consider using your laptop as opposed to the desktop when you can.
Unplug appliances you aren’t using
You can also save energy (and money) by unplugging any peripheral devices such as:
– Extra Monitors
These devices continue to use energy even when they’re turned off, so make sure to unplug them when finished.
Invest in an Energy-Saving Power Board
Another great way to save energy is by using an energy-saving power board for your home office space.
Connect your computer to the “master socket” then plug all supplementary appliances (like monitors and printers) into the power board sockets. When you stop work and turn your computer off, power to the other units will shut down automatically, ensuring that power is not wasted on appliances that are left on but not being used.
Take Advantage of Natural Light
Open blinds or curtains and ideally place your desk where natural light is the strongest. If needed, a desk lamp is more efficient than lighting the whole room.
Look at your clothing choices
Before reverting to the air conditioning on that hot day, ensure you are dressed in cool clothing. Close doors, use curtains/blinds to keep out the heat. When it comes to cooling, as a guide, somewhere between 22 and 24 degrees Celsius is where you should set the thermostat. Be aware, that for every single degree of cooling you can do without, you’re saving on your energy bill. Each degree cooler than this can increase energy use by 10%, with those extra costs quickly adding up.
Invest in a Smart Meter
A smart meter will show you what energy you are using, when and where. This can help to identify areas where you can reduce energy usage and save money.
Alternate Usage Time
Take advantage of off-peak hours when electricity is often cheaper. Electricity is often the cheapest late at night or early in the morning, so take this time to use the most of your energy at a lower rate.
By implementing these tips for a more energy-efficient home office, you can save energy and money while working from home. From using an energy-saving power board to taking advantage of natural light, every small step can make a big difference in reducing your energy usage and costs.
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