You’ve got WAVE Rural Connect’s high speed internet and you’re getting to work from the comforts of your home. More time spent at home means more energy used throughout the day. Now, it’s time to be mindful of saving energy while you work from home.
Here are five easy ways to save energy when working from home:
- Use a smart power strip. Plugging in your most-used devices, like computers, monitors and routers, to a smart power strip ensures these devices aren’t drawing power when they’re not in use. Smart power strips also give you the option to select which devices should stay in “always on” mode.
- Unplug your least-used equipment. If your home office includes equipment like printers and scanners, you’re probably not using these electronics every day. In this case, go ahead and unplug your least-used electronics and devices, since many of these draw energy even when they’re not being used.
- Choose ENERGY STAR®-certified office equipment. If you’re looking to purchase new equipment for your workspace, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure you’re getting the most energy efficient features. Computers, monitors, imaging equipment and other office electronics that receive the ENERGY STAR® rating include power management features to make saving energy easy, and most are designed to run cooler and last longer.
- Flip the switch, and use natural light instead. It’s still chilly out there, so take advantage of natural light and additional warmth from the sun. When you’re working during the day, open blinds, curtains and other window coverings to let in natural light –– and don’t forget to turn off the lights to reduce energy use!
- Adjust the thermostat. Home heating and cooling makes up a significant portion of your energy bills. Adjust the thermostat a couple of degrees during the day to reduce energy use and save money. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 68 degrees or cooler during winter months and 78 degrees or warmer during the summer months. The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the less energy you will use to heat or cool your home.
Working from home doesn’t have to take a toll on your energy bills. Whether you’re working remotely or not, these practical tips can help everyone reduce their energy use.
Visit energy.gov for more energy-savings tips and energystar.gov for a list of certified energy-efficient products.