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12 Energy-Saving Tips For Your Home Office

12 Energy-Saving Tips For Your Home Office

America appears to be moving more toward a “remote work” economy in the modern era. There are a lot of pros to this massive shift. We can spend more time with friends and family. We don’t have to feel as if we’re missing out on our kids’ lives.

The challenge is: working from your home office can lead to higher energy use. Companies say they are happy with their employees’ efficiency from home. And that means employees are getting more done from home.

Getting the same, or more, accomplished means running printers, laptops, and tablets more. And with remote work, you’re responsible for supplying your power.

All of this can add up to a lot of wasted energy. How do we keep our energy consumption down and still run our home office efficiently?

Here are 12 tips for conserving energy while running your home office.

1. When your smartphone is charged, unplug the charger

Even though your phone is off the charger, that charger is still draining energy. It’s a sneaky use of energy, and one that most people don’t think of. When the battery reaches 100%, unplug the charger and put it away.

2. Use Natural Light

If your office is in an area of the house with a lot of windows, use them. Open blinds and pull back curtains to let in as much natural light as possible. This will save you from using lamps and lights that will drain energy.

3. Leaving? Shut The Light

When you leave the room, shut the light off. It’s easy to jump from one room to the next when you’re working from home, but be mindful of what lights have been left on. This is helpful advice for everyone living in the house, not only the “work from home” employees.

4. Clean Filters

More activity in the home can translate to more dust and particles in your HVAC air filters. Dirty air filters use more energy and can cause long-term damage to the system. Cleaning your filters will reduce energy consumption and help your system to last longer.

5. Keep Windows Closed When Running HVAC

Closing windows while heating or cooling your home can make a big difference. Open windows increases the area the system has to heat or cool, causing the system to work harder. When the system has to work harder, it means higher energy consumption. If you run the heat or AC with the windows open, imagine all of the energy that is flying out your window.

6. Change Light Bulbs

Light bulbs are an overlooked area where new technology can save you money. Switch older bulbs out for LEDs. LED bulbs use a lot less energy and can drastically reduce your energy consumption.

7. Use Sleep Mode

Using your laptop or computer’s Sleep Mode feature can help as well. In fact, it’s been said that it can save up to $50 per year. According to energy.gov, if you plan on being away from your computer for more than 2 hours it should be in Sleep Mode.

8. Plug Into a Surge Protector or Power Strip

Plugging your home office devices into a power strip can be a ninja energy saving tip. Setting up your office this way allows you to cut the flow of energy to your devices by simply flipping the switch on your power strip. If you plan to leave the office at all, shutting the power strip before you leave can lower your energy usage.

9. Unplug Other Appliances

Printers, scanners, fax machines, etc. all draw on power. Even when they’re not being used. Just like with phone chargers, it’s best to leave them unplugged when they’re not in use.

10. Shop Smart

When buying new office equipment, search for devices that are Energy Star-rated. Monitors, printers, and computers with this certification use less energy performing day-to-day tasks. Energy Star devices will even go into a “low power” mode automatically when they’re not in use.

11. Cool Responsibly

Laptops, phones, faxes, and printers are all devices that use energy. But, when working from home, your biggest use of energy will be heating or cooling your home. Using a smart thermostat can help to budget your energy needs. You can set the smart thermostat to only heat or cool your office while you’re using it. Also, if you are working in a separate room of the house, you may want to consider using a space heater or fan. You can heat or cool your workspace without changing the entire house’s temperature. You may even want to raise or lower the thermostat a few degrees to further reduce the energy used when heating or cooling.

12. Create a “Shutdown” Checklist

All of this can be a lot to remember. Especially after putting in a full day’s worth of work. Create a Shutdown checklist listing the energy-saving tasks you need to do at the end of your workday. List all of the devices that need to be unplugged. Then, stop working 15-30 minutes before the end of your workday to run through your checklist. This way nothing gets missed, and you can be sure you’re doing all you can to keep your energy usage low.

Working from home can be a big change. These energy-budgeting tips will allow you to still get things done, and you won’t waste energy doing it.

For more energy-saving tips like these, visit us online at gosunwave.com

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