As we spend more time at home, we will be using much more energy by running lights, laptops and even making brews to get us through the day.
One of the many challenges we face when setting up a home office is discovering how to save energy when working from home.
To help you save energy and money, Love Energy Savings has put together 7 energy saving tips for home working.
Manage your heating when working from home
Turning down your thermostat is often one of the easiest ways to significantly reduce your energy bills.
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that you could save up to £80 per year by turning your thermostat down by just one degree.
You can also limit your energy usage when working from by only heating the rooms you’ll be using during the day.
Let there be (natural) light
Where possible, choose the room with the most natural light to set up your home office and keep the curtains wide open.
Not only will this help you save money by removing the need to power unnecessary desk lamps and overhead lights, but it will also provide a much more comfortable working environment.
In fact, a 2018 study at Cornell University found that workers in daylit office environments reported an 84 percent drop in symptoms of eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision symptoms.
Make sure unnecessary lights are switched off
Making sure any lights that are not in use are switched off is another simple energy saving measure we can all take when working remotely and could save you around £14 on your annual energy bills.
A study by Utility Design found that 10% of UK households regularly left lights on when leaving a room at home.
Not only can this be a drain on the pocket, it is also estimated to create 37,440,000 kg of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s the equivalent of 62 flights around the world!
Switch to energy efficient light bulbs
There could be even greater savings to be made by fitting energy efficient lightbulbs in your home.
LEDs are now available to fit most fittings and can be a particularly good option when replacing spotlights or dimmable lights.
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average household could save £35 a year by making the switch to LED lights.
LED light bulbs can also last for up to 50,000 hours, approximately 50 times longer than a traditional incandescent light bulb. This means that if used for 8 hours a day, an LED bulb will last for around 17 years.
Unplug devices when not in use
Most of us are guilty of leaving devices and appliances plugged in when not in use. Our homes are filled with appliances which continue to consume power when they are turned off or on standby.
These devices are known as ‘energy vampires’ and could be costing us more than we think, especially when working from home.
By simply unplugging the devices you are not using, you could save between £50 and £85 per year on your energy bills.
Watch out for the cost of a cuppa
Did you know that the kettle uses around 6% of the electricity supplied to British homes? One university professor has even estimated that UK households could save around £19 a year by filling the kettle correctly.
Although we may not be ready to part with our regular brews, you can save energy when working from home simply by using only the water you need.
Switch to a better home energy deal
The best way to save money on your energy when working remotely is by switching to a better deal.
If you are currently on a standard variable rate energy tariff, it is likely that you will be paying much more for your energy than you need to. The price you pay per unit of energy can also change at the discretion of your supplier.
By switching to a better using our energy comparison tool, you could save hundreds of pounds a year on your home energy bills.
Why switch with Love Energy Savings?
At Love Energy Savings, we have built strong relationships with the UK’s energy suppliers allowing us to find the very best energy prices for you. By choosing Love Energy Savings, you can compare your current gas and electricity consumption with the widest possible range of suppliers.
You can find out more about our trusted gas and electricity suppliers here. If you’d like more tips on how you can save energy from the experts at Love Energy Savings, take a look at the rest of our energy guides and advice.