If you run a small business from your home office, like I do, chances are you’re looking for new ways to save money and get the most out of your work.
While there are things you can do like using small business credit cards, taking other steps to manage your finances, and spending less, you should also consider making use of the following tips to help you save energy in your home office.
#1: Use Energy Star Devices
When it comes to the electronic devices such as your computer, printer and monitor, make sure you go for energy star devices.
By simply switching to an energy certified computer you can save up to 70 percent in electricity. In addition to this, use energy star light bulbs too.
#2: Turn Off Computer/Monitor
It’s a known fact that your equipment will last longer when you’re not running it constantly. Be sure to turn off your monitor and put your computer to sleep when you’re gone for 20 minutes or more.
And in case you’re planning to go for 2 hours or more, see that your monitor and as well as your computer are turned off.
#3: Use a Power Strip
Don’t make the mistake of plugging your electronic devices into the wall directly, and leaving them plugged in when not in use. It leads to the vampire power drain, which means the plugged in devices will continue to use power.
Instead, use a power strip (I use the Belkin Energy Saving Outlet) that you can switch off when you’re done using the devices.
#4: Set the Thermostat at the Appropriate Level
In order to conserve energy, you need to use your thermostat properly. With the right settings in place, according to the season.
While there are varied opinions on what your thermostat settings should be, it’s recommended that during the summer the thermostat is set on 78 degrees when you’re home (above 80 degrees when you’re not), and 68 degrees in the winter.
#5: Ensure the Fans are Rotating in the Right Direction
Fans happen to use less amount of electricity in comparison to the HVAC system, and can help make your home office comfortable throughout the year.
During the summer season — when your fan’s rotating in a counterclockwise direction — your room can feel up to seven degrees cooler.
When it begins to get cooler outside, make sure you switch the fans to rotate in a clockwise direction, while putting it on low speed so that rising warm air is distributed evenly all over the room.
#6: Make Use of Blinds and Drapes
When it’s summertime, you don’t really want the sunlight directly streaming into your home office, as it can really heat up the space.
In this instance, what you can do is close the blinds in order to keep the heat out. But you still can get the direct sunlight for your benefit in winter, by keeping the blinds and drapes open.
#7: Switch Your Electricity Provider
In case you’re not happy with the rate and/or service of your current electricity provider, you should consider switching.
For example, if you live in Texas — where we use a LOT of energy — consider researching your options to compare different energy companies, including electricity, solar, wind, biomass and hydropower.