Your energy consumption while working from home
Everything changed in 2020. We said goodbye to public transport commutes to the office and instead stayed in our homes, using Zoom to correspond with our colleagues. Whether you threw together a makeshift “home-office” at your dining table or whether you have your own dedicated office space already, I’m sure your electricity bill has had a little bit to say about this change in lifestyle. So, in a changing world where working from home is going to become the norm, how do we stay mindful of our energy consumption and reduce our carbon footprint in our home? Here are five handy tips to help!
Standby mode who?
Ever see that little light on your tv even after you’ve turned it off? This is what happens when your tv is in standby mode. Instead, go around your home and flick appliances and electronics off at the power outlet when you’re not using them.
Upgrade your lightbulbs
This is one of the easiest ways you can dramatically reduce your energy consumption. Switch old, incandescent bulbs to LED’s. You could be using up to 75% less electricity!
Only cool/heat the rooms you’re using
If you’re using heat or cooling while working from home, it’s important to only do this with the rooms you are using. Shut the doors and windows in the unoccupied rooms so that heating/cooling doesn’t escape and cause the unit to expend more energy trying to keep the place cool/warm.
Minimise the electrical devices you’re using
Do you need to have everything on at the same time? Probablynot. Unless you’re working on big project or filming, electronic devices don’t need to be on at the same time. Reduce your energy consumption by using one or two at a time.
Adjust appliances to run in economy mode
Most modern appliances have an “eco” or economy mode. These modes usually mean the appliance will automatically minimise power consumption when not being actively used, and may even turn-off after a set time.
Although electricity bills may be running a bit higher with working from home, think of the money you’re not spending on public transport or coffees and lunches when you used to have to go into work. Interested in more of these easy articles? Check out our blog section!