While its true that working at home has its perks, like most things, there are some pitfalls as well.
Though you may escape the lengthy commute and save fuel, working at home also means that you may be using more energy, which means a higher energy bill. Here are some handy tips to help you cut your energy consumption at home and save money on your bill.
1. Open The Blinds
Take advantage of natural light. There’s no need to waste energy on desk lamps or overhead lights if you work during the day and have adequate windows. The sun’s natural heat will also help your home be more comfortable as well as minimise how often the heat kicks on during the day, even if you keep your thermostat set to a low temperature.
2. Power Down With A Power Board
Have an energy saving power board for all your work-related technology — computer, printer, scanner, FAX machine, monitor, modem, router, etc. A power board ensures that these devices aren’t drawing power when they’re not in use while also giving you the option to keep a few devices always on. Leaving electrical appliances and devices turned on at the wall means continuous consumption of energy.
3. Use Energy-Efficient Equipment
You may be using monitors or a browser in your laptop that suck up electricity like nobody’s business. Get things right from the start by using energy-efficient appliances, such as computers and monitors that comply with the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), printers with no/low standby power consumption and even LED light globes.
4. Set Up Computer For Energy Saving
Your computer is equipped with a ton of setting for saving energy. By merely checking your setting and making a few tweaks, you can save money on your electricity bill. If you set things up right, you may even be able to unplug your laptop longer than usual.
5. Choose A Laptop
Working on a laptop instead of a desktop computer can help you save dollars. Laptops use as much as 80% less energy since they’re designed to be used without a power source. Another advantage of choosing a laptop over a desktop computer is that it’s quite handy and you can take it to have a snack too.
6. Heat Yourself Before You Heat The Space Around You
If you use a ducted heater to warm your home, your energy bill probably hikes up at the end of winter. Take advantage of the fact that you don’t have to dress up when you work from home, grab a sweatshirt and throw a blanket over your lap to keep yourself warm and comfortable instead of cranking up the heat.
7. Minimise Your Gadgets
Without sacrificing ergonomics, you can minimise the number of electronics you’re using, from extra monitors to wireless keyboards. Just have the bare essentials you need for your set-up and let go or store those electronic devices you don’t really need to have plugged in. Gadget minimalism can save a ton of electricity without trying hard.