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    6 Ways to Create an Energy Efficient Home Office

    6 Ways to Create an Energy Efficient Home Office

    September 14, 2018

    energy efficient home office

    If you work from home on a regular basis, you may have noticed a spike in your utility bills from all of the extra electricity you use throughout the day. Even if you’re saving a little gas money by cutting out your commute, your electric bill can easily cancel it out when the end of the month rolls around.

    With some new energy-saving technology and a little ingenuity, you can create an office space that consumes less energy and costs less money. Here are 6 ways to create an energy efficient home office from your friends at 24/7 Electric.

    1. Use window light.

    Open your blinds and lower your bills! If you work from home during the day, rely on natural light from the sun and maybe a small task light. Even if the windows in your office space are small, position your main desk area underneath them and you can avoid drawing electricity to your light fixture during the day.

    2. Try LED lightbulbs.

    If you work in the evenings when sunlight is limited, try switching out your incandescent bulbs for some light emitting diodes (LEDs). LED bulbs use 25-80% less energy than incandescent, and they can last 3-25 times longer. Since they consume less power and you will change them less often, LEDs can definitely save you money on home office costs.

    3. Use blankets and fans.

    Heating and cooling your home accounts for the majority of your energy consumption and cost. If possible, adjust your thermostat minimally and use fans in the summer or blankets and layers in the winter to stay comfortable. Small space heaters designed for one room can also be an effective alternative.

    4. Use laptops instead of desktops.

    If you are still booting up an old desktop computer for work each day, it might be time to invest in a laptop for several reasons. In addition to being portable and versatile, laptops use considerably less energy. (This formula asserts that they use up to 80% less).

    5. Plug in to a power strip.

    Computers, cell phones, and other tech drain electricity while plugged in, even when they are not in use. Plug everything in your office into a power strip (or two) and simply switch off the strip when you aren’t working. This will cut off the power to all of your devices and keep you from wasting power and money.

    6. Switch to Energy Star products.

    One of the best ways to drastically reduce energy consumption all over your home is to invest in Energy Star appliances. Products with an Energy Star label have been tested to meet strict criteria from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You can find Energy Star computers, printers, kitchen appliances, washer and dryer sets, and so much more. Consider Energy Star benefits and savings over time when purchasing any tech for your home, including your office.

    Did this list help you get started on your energy efficient home office?

    We hope these tips and tricks will help our customers save money and save the planet at the same time. For more eco-friendly, energy efficient electrical solutions, check out our blog. If you need electrical service in Calgary, give us a call today!

    If you need a licensed and qualified electrician in Calgary, call 24/7 Electric at 587-315-1361 for a Calgary Electrician, or complete our online request form.