Save Energy in Your Home Office
Find Out Where YOUR Home is Losing Energy:
If you work from home, you save time and money because you don't have to commute. But you may also see an increase in your home energy bills because you're spending more time at home, using office equipment, water, lights, air conditioning or heating. These tips can help you save money in your home office.
Save Energy with Computers and Office Equipment
These days, home offices can have several pieces of equipment, which all use electricity. That can really add up! Here's what you can do to save energy with your home office equipment:
- Instead of having a screensaver come on when you're away from the computer, have it go into "sleep" mode - or simply turn the monitor off when you'll be away for awhile.
- Set other office equipment (such as printers, scanners, copiers and fax machines) to automatically switch into sleep mode when not active. Aside from saving energy, the equipment stays cooler which helps it last longer and saves on air conditioning costs.
- Keep infrequently used equipment turned off or unplugged, and only switch them on when needed.
- Use a power strip as a "central shut-off" for all your equipment when leaving the home office. You'll save up to 40 watts of stand-by power per device.
You can save energy and space with a multi-function device that combines print, copy, scan and fax functions into one machine. Look for the ENERGY STAR logo to make sure you're buying an energy efficient model. For all office equipment, ENERGY STAR qualified products use less energy to deliver similar performance and quality as standard models.
Learn more about saving energy in your home office.
Energy Efficient Office Lighting
The lights in most home offices are on for many hours each day, which uses lots of energy. Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or ENERGY STAR qualified desk lamps and save 75% on lighting costs. CFLs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs and provide high-quality lighting. Switch to ENERGY STAR qualified residential LED bulbs and save even more. They use 75% less energy than incandescents, and last 25 times longer.
Whichever light source you use, remember to turn off the lights when you leave the room. Also, save energy by unplugging phone chargers and power adapters once the device is charged or removed from the charger.
Useful Energy Efficient Solutions:
- Attic Attic Ventilation, Duct Sealing, Chimney Sealing
- Basement Retire your old refrigerator!, Dehumidifier, Water Heater
- Bathroom Vanity Lights, Light Switch, Vent Fan
- Bedroom Bed-Side Lamp, Light Switch, Room Air Conditioner
- Dining Room Light Fixture, Light Switch, Programmable Thermostat
- Heating and Cooling Systems Table Lamp, Light Switch ...
- Home Office Desk Lamp, Ducts, Electrical Outlets, Power Strip
- HVAC HVAC air conditioning. HVAC Maintenance. HVAC contractor.
- Kitchen Light Fixture, Light Switch, Floor Vents/Radiators
- Living Room Table Lamp, Ceiling Fan with Lighting, Light Switch
- Outside House A/C Unit, Porch Light, Thermal Boundary
- Energy Efficient Windows Replace or Renovate, Energy Efficient Window Treatments
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