Ways To Save Energy In Your Home Office

With advancements in technology and paradigm shifts in the workplace, more people are now working from home. This allows employees to not only save money and time since they do not have to travel to and from the workplace, but it also gives them flexibility in that they will work at whatever time they wish and, most importantly, have more time with family.

However, all things have pros and cons—working from home is not an exception.

One disadvantage of working from home is that where you save on gas and time, you increase your energy costs at home. You usually need a computer, a printer, the Internet, a scanner, and other equipment to work. This equipment consumes energy, which increases your energy bill.

For this reason, the need to save on energy in a home office is becoming more and more important. People now have to use energy-saving equipment and follow energy-saving ways and methods.

Here are just some ways of saving energy for your home office.

1. Use the power management settings for your electronics.

According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which is a nonprofit body that promotes customer energy efficiency as well as that of government policy makers, electronics should have several power modes. These power modes are:

  • Active
  • Active standby
  • Passive standby

For instance, you can set your computer to move into lower power consumption modes automatically if you stop using it temporarily. Therefore, if you take a long phone call or a lunch break, the computer will move into passive standby mode, thus saving power while at the same time allowing you to resume working from where you stopped.

According to Energy Star, the computer-related electricity cost is reduced by these computer energy consumption modes by about $25-75 per machine annually.

2. Use power management software on your computer.

Almost half the power consumed by an average desktop computer is lost through heat. Luckily for those of us who rely on heavy use of our computers, power management software has been developed to help reduce this loss.

People are also being encouraged to use laptop computers over desktop computers in their home office to reduce energy consumption.

Ways To Save Energy In Your Home Office

3. Invest in a power strip—or several.

It should be noted that when an electronic is in standby mode, it still consumes some power. According to the US Department of Energy, standby power or phantom load, which is the energy consumed by equipment in standby mode, accounts for about $100 in the average home’s electricity cost annually.

You can save this energy by using a power strip. A power strip allows you to switch all electronics plugged into it completely off with one button.

4. Get smart when buying home office equipment.

When investing in new monitors, go for flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors rather than cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors. According to ACEEE, CRT monitors consume around 43 more watts than the LCD screens. Using LCD saves on your energy consumption bill over time.

You can also reduce lighting costs in a home office by replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). Another way to reduce lighting cost is to opt for desk lamp light over whole-room light. This way, you will use fewer bulbs concurrently. When you place lights in corners, the adjoining walls magnify the light across the office, thus providing more light with fewer bulbs.

And, of course, always turn off the lights when leaving the office!