5 Tips for More Efficient Energy Use in Your Home Office

Posted by Sabrina Sturm Mon, 09 Jul 2012 07:12:00 GMT

A home office: the dream of many employees. It would be so stress-free to work from home. No long ways to the office, no commuter traffic, the office exactly designed according to one´s own wishes, more tranquility – and even working in a leisure outfit is not noticed by anyone.

You can be happy if you “own” this still uncommon privilege. However, the trend is undeniable, analysts predict a tremendous increase of flexible workplaces. To avoid a rude awakening at the end of a month in terms of power costs, here are some energy saving tips:

·         Consider the power drain when choosing devices: modern (new) devices need less energy than old ones. Notebooks are by far more economical than Desktop PCs (including a monitor). One should thoroughly think about what exactly is needed before purchasing new devices – thorugh this, purchasing and energy costs can be saved.

·         Many devices (PC, printer, etc.) need a lot of energy when in the stand-by-mode. It would be best to turn on these devices only if needed. At least they should be turned off completely at the end of the work day. A little bit of relief may come from multi-functional devices (scanner, printer, fax). These devices definitely consume less energy in the stand-by-mode as compared to three single devices.

·         Reduce printing: do you really need all pages or every e-mail as a hard copy? Maybe it is enough to have one or the other document in a digital format. This not only reduces energy costs, but also cuts expenses for paper and printer ink.

·         Sure, you need enough light in your office. If you try to save in terms of lighting, you will notice the results soon: watering eyes or a headache are not seldom. As to saving energy, all conventional bulbs should be replaced with energy-saving bulbs.

·         A separate office room needs to be heated. Often, this room is only used for some hours during the day. One should not feel cold inside, of course, but maybe clothing can be adapted a little bit to save 1 or 2 degrees of room temperature? Moreover, one should ventilate the room effectively (intermittent ventilation!). Some plants in your home office can help provide a good indoor climate.

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