Working from home, as well as keeping the family entertained and fed, means having the heating on when we wouldn’t usually, whilst also using additional energy for the likes of laptops and televisions — and all those extra cups of tea.
Looking for some clever ways to save energy and money while working from home? Take a look at the ideas below
1. LET THE SUNLIGHT IN
There’s no need for wasting energy on desk lamps or overhead lights if you’re getting enough natural light. Choose the brightest room in the apartment or house in which to work, and keep the curtains open to let the light pour in.
Productivity is highest when you’re not distracted, and that goes for blinking lights, ringing phones, and blaring television sets. When working from home, unplug everything you’re not using right then for work, including printers, gadget chargers, extra computers or monitors and so on.
3. WORK SMARTER HOURS,NOT LONGER HOURS
Perhaps the most direct way to save electricity while working from home is to cut down on the number of hours you’re on the computer. By honing your work day and cutting down on time spent wasted on social media sites or surfing the web because you’re procrastinating, you can potentially free yourself from the computer earlier in the day.
4. PLUG INTO SMARTER DEVICES
Okay, say you don’t want to unplug everything you’re not using, and you’re not likely to cut back your working hours. The next best solution is to use a device to manage the flow of electricity to electronics, and cut the supply when not needed.
5. USE ENERGY EFFICIENT DEVICES
Are you using monitors that suck up electricity like nobody’s business? Or maybe you’re using a browser on your laptop that’s known to suck up the electricity? You might want to make a trade-in on your gear or software. If you’re looking for new equipment with lower energy consumption, check out buy-back companies that sell used and refurbished equipment. It’s both cheaper and greener.
6.SET UP YOUR COMPUTER FOR ENERGY SAVINGS
Your computer has a ton of built-in settings for saving energy. By checking your settings and making a few tweaks you can save just a bit more on your electricity bill. If you set things up right, you might even be able to unplug your laptop forever!
7. MINIMIZE YOUR GADGETS
Without sacrificing ergonomics, you can minimize how many electronics you’re using, from extra monitors to wireless keyboards. Think about what you absolutely need for your set-up, and give away or store those electronic devices you don’t really need to have plugged in. Gadget minimalists can save a ton of electricity without trying hard.
BONUS TIP:SIGN UP FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY
Okay so this won’t necessarily save you any electricity, but it will help cut your carbon footprint. Sign up for renewable energy from your utility to ensure that energy entering your home is from renewable sources as much as possible. This way what electricity you do use has the lowest environmental impact.