Thursday 29 October 2020

5 Energy Saving Tips for Your New Home Office!

If you're suddenly working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic, you're likely having to adjust to a lot of new variables in your routine and workflow. Whether that means wrangling a child during at-home schooling or upgrading your desk chair to be more comfortable, there are all sorts of tasks to complete in order to work more effectively at home. That being said, one of the most important considerations to make while transitioning to your new home office is the amount of power you consume. After all, the last thing you want to deal with is an increased electricity bill because of the pandemic. Here are five energy-saving tips to keep in mind as you adjust to working from home.
When in doubt, compare electricity providers
One of the best ways to cut costs is by looking at different utility providers and finding the company that can reduce your energy rate without sacrificing quality in service. Often times, many people try to nickel and dime themselves with behavioral adjustments before they address the root of the problem, and a simple electricity comparison is one of the most efficient ways to reduce your monthly utility costs year over year.

It can be difficult to weigh the pros and cons of different electric companies in your area, but thankfully the internet makes it easier than ever to compare different providers. For example, with an online tool like iSelect, you can input your postal code and look at a variety of electric suppliers in your area capable of servicing your home while reducing costs. You can even find contact information and whether they're capable of addressing your renewable energy concerns, too, making iSelect an invaluable resource for any consumer looking to cut costs this year.

Replace overhead lights and desk lamps with energy-efficient bulbs
Switching your bulbs to consume less power and use energy more efficiently is another must if you're looking at reducing the impact your home office has on your electric bill. The chances are high that your bill is relatively low if you've been working forty hours a week at your office, since your lights stay off when you're at work. A simple swap of lightbulbs can thus reduce the effect that having overhead lights on during the day has on your bill.

Turn off your laptop or computer when you're done with it for the day
This may seem obvious, but many people keep their laptop plugged in and charging even when it's fully charged or don't turn off their desktop computer when they're finished with work. Anytime an electronic device is plugged into an outlet and turned on, it's consuming power, so make sure to turn these devices off when you're truly finished with them. This is particularly important heading into the weekend when you won't need to use your computer for work.
Keep the lights off if you get a lot of sunlight
One nice thing about working from home is the ability to position yourself in a room in your house with more natural sunlight. If you do have a home office with more light than other rooms in your home, consider turning on your lights only when it's necessary. Of course, in wintertime, you'll likely have the lights on more, but for the summer, spring, and fall months things are different. You can save on your electric bill by eliminating the need for lights at all and just counting on Mother Nature!

Adjust your air conditioning
If you're home more during the day, you may find yourself using your air conditioner more than you would when you're at the office. While it's important to be comfortable at work, it's just as important to keep things reasonable or you'll end up with major energy usage spikes. There are a variety of ways to reduce your dependence on air conditioning, from scheduling routine maintenance to using blinds to block sunlight.

Till next time... be energy efficient! 


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