If you happen to be someone who is fortunate enough to work from the comforts of your own home office, technically, you’re already saving energy while helping the environment out. That’s because not only are you saving gas from the commute that it would take to get back and forth to an outside office, but because you aren’t driving, you’re also cutting down on the amount of emissions that go into the air each day.
But if you’re looking for a few other ways that you can save energy while working in your home office, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ve enclosed five tips on how you can use your resources more effectively so that you can use your energy much more efficiently.
Open up your windows. Some people who work from home wonder why their electric bills are so high each month and the reality is that it’s because they have their overhead lighting and central air on for hours at a time. During daytime hours, opt for using natural light by opening up your windows. Oh, and when it comes to central air, when there’s a nice breeze outside, that’s another reason to keep your windows open (and a ceiling fan on). They can help to keep the air circulating nicely.
Work online. Thanks to the internet (and a lot of the software that’s available online), you don’t have to use paper nearly as much as you used to. So, try and limit all correspondence to email, use websites like e-signature and My Fax to do send your contracts and faxes. Get Quickbooks for your accounting too. Not only will doing these things cut down on the amount of paper that you’ll need to buy but the amount of recycling that you’ll need to do too.
Watch what’s plugged in. If you’ve ever had an energy audit conducted at your house, you might recall the auditor telling you that one way a lot of people tend to waste electricity is by leaving things plugged in when they don’t need to be or they’re not in use. So for starters, make sure that you unplug your cell phone charger when you’re not using it. Other than that, once you’re done for the day, also unplug your computer and lamps too.
Check for drafts. Typically, we don’t tend to notice drafts unless it’s cold outside and there’s a chill in one of our rooms. But, if you want to make sure that you’re not wasting energy, take out a moment to look for cracks in your window sills. We also recommend that you conduct a blower door test too. These are two smart ways to see if any indoor air is being lost. If it is, get some caulking to seal up your cracks and a draft snake to put along the bottom of your door.
Buy used. If you’re considering remodeling your home office, before going to a furniture store, consider stopping by a thrift store or garage sale first. You never know what kind of one-of-a-kind gems you may find at a really low price. Plus, as an added bonus, you’ll be doing your part to support the recycling movement at the same time. Oh, and if you prefer to shop online, make sure to check out Freecyle.org and Craigslist.com. The have some really cool “energy saving deals” too.