Do you work from home on a daily basis? Perhaps you’ve converted a spare bedroom into a makeshift office? Whatever the case, you should make your workspace as energy-efficient as possible. A few small changes can make all the difference to your carbon footprint (and your bank balance), so take a look at this useful advice:
Think about heating
If you’re at home all day, you must stay warm (particularly during winter) – but don’t throw money down the drain. Set your heating at a constant temperature and make sure your thermostat is in tip-top condition, so you don’t get too hot or too cold. If your boiler is in need of a service, contact a boiler insurance company for help and advice and get everything sorted before settling down to work. Not only will you save money, but you’ll enjoy a comfortable working environment.
Use energy-saving light bulbs
What’s the lighting like in your office? If you still use traditional bulbs, it’s worth switching to energy-saving alternatives such as compact fluorescents (CFLs) or LEDs. These are an ideal replacement for normal bulbs and can be purchased at most reputable DIY stores. What’s more, it’s a good idea to have a range of lights, all with different switches, as this will help you achieve the lighting you require – and only in the rooms you require it.
Buy energy saving products
Are you thinking about buying a new laptop, computer or printer? If so, choose a product that carries the Energy Saving Trust Recommended label. These have been designed to meet strict energy performance criteria and will save you the most energy in your home. There are a wide range of items available to browse online, so take a look today and think carefully about your next purchase.
Use eco-friendly gadgets
Did you know that staples are bad for the environment? That’s right, they’re made from galvanised steel and have a large carbon footprint, so why not use a staple-less stapler? These are available online and can stitch a number of pages together in an economical way. Manual shredders are also much more economical than their electrical peers and will give you a mini workout at the same time. Saving energy is easier than you may think, so give it a go today!This is a guest post by Dan Whiteside: Business entrepreneur & money saving expert. Blogging in many niches since 2004.