Having an in-home office can be great for productivity. However, a significant amount of energy can be used in this space. If you have an office in your home, you should try to be as energy-efficient as possible whilst you’re working to prevent high energy bills.
In this guide, we’ll provide you with some tips and advice to help ensure that your in-home office is energy efficient.
How can I make my in-home office more energy-efficient?
Working from home is increasingly becoming a norm. The prospect of being able to do your work from the comfort of your own home and avoiding traffic jams and stuffed offices, is one that would delight a fair few — especially if you live far from your company’s office.
Whether you’re working remotely or if you’re self-employed, the following tips could help you reduce the energy usage in your in-home office:
1. Energy-Efficient Lighting
Using energy-saving lightbulbs such as LEDs or CFLs can help to lower your energy usage. LED lightbulbs use 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. So, making the switch can help to lower your energy bills.
Opening windows and making use of natural lighting can also help you save energy. It's even been claimed that this could help to improve productivity.
2. Turn off Standby Mode
To save energy, you should only switch on appliances that are in use. When your working day is over, turn your laptop, printer, and any other electrical appliances off at the switch to help prevent energy wastage.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save around £35 a year by turning appliances completely off instead of placing them on standby.
4. Insulation & Draught-proofing
It has been claimed that room temperature can affect your productivity. Being too hot or too cold could affect your concentration. It is estimated that the ideal temperature for working is around 21 degrees Celsius. Insulating your entire property can help to ensure that all rooms, not just your office, retain heat and are not harshly impacted by outside temperatures. Draught-proofing windows and doors can also help to prevent heat loss and make you less reliant on your home heating.
5. Go paperless
Avoiding your printer can not only help to reduce your energy bills, but it is also the better option for the environment. Go paperless when possible and use electronic documents. Electronic documents are also generally easier to locate when needed. To further help the environment, make sure that when you do use paper, you recycle!
6. Invest in a smart meter
A smart meter could help you keep tabs on your energy usage throughout your home. You’ll be able to measure exactly how much energy you are using. You can also monitor how much this will cost you in pounds and pence!
Another smart device that may be useful for your office is a smart thermostat. If you work to a particular schedule, this device could programme personalised heating routines to match your working day and ensure that your ideal temperature is set.
7. Switch energy suppliers
Another effective way of preventing excessively high energy bills is by switching home energy suppliers. Being on a tariff that is unsuitable for your needs could leave you spending unnecessarily, whereas a cheaper energy deal could help you save.
Try our quick and easy comparison tool to find the best energy tariff for your home.
Alternatively, visit our energy guides for more information on energy saving.