Many of us have been forced to work remotely from home as the lockdown continues, and even as the lockdown starts easing off, businesses from many sectors are continuing in this vein. Working remotely although challenging at first, is great for saving time, money and encourages staff members to be self-disciplined.
It does, however, cost money to run a home office and could make an impact on utility bills if you continue to do so. There are, however, numerous ways to ensure you save money on your power bills and living a green lifestyle at the same time.
Here Are Ten Smart Things to Do When Working from Your Home Office
- Use a power strip. Some devices continue to consume energy even when they are switched off – switch off the power strip and everything will switch off automatically
- A laptop uses far less energy than desktop computers plus they are portable which is convenient
- Replacing your standard lightbulbs will improve your energy efficiency and they will last up to 25 times longer. Energy–efficient light bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than ordinary bulbs
- Use as much natural light as possible as this will cut your lighting in half
- Task lighting is a great idea should you need more than natural light. Desktop lamps and track lights are a great idea
- Only use energy-efficient heating during the winter months or find a sunny spot to work from
- When leaving the home office always put your computer on sleep mode as this will conserve energy, and if you are leaving for longer, switch your modem and computer off entirely
- Boil the kettle once a day and use a flask for your tea and coffee – it works wonders and saves a fortune on your energy bill
- If you are in the process of upgrading any electrical devices, now is the best time to invest in Energy Star Devices as they use less energy than your standard models and will increase the productivity and efficiency of your home office
- Printing should only be done when it is essential. Wherever you can, use paperless and file all your files in the cloud. It is efficient, neat and will save the environment on many levels
It’s the little things that make the biggest difference in the office when it comes to saving energy. Grow shrubs around the windows of your home office to shield your windows from the harsh summer sun and invest in awnings or window treatments that will cut back on air conditioning systems, fans, and other heating and cooling devices wherever needed.
It is not difficult to improve efficiency in the home office. If you follow the above tips you will be able to maximise the energy efficiency when working remotely from home. PHD supplies generators, power supplies, voltage stabilisers and more that will ensure your home Office is more energy efficient