Homeworking has been in the headlines a lot recently, not least because of the impact of coronavirus. Regardless of why it is that you’re working remotely, it’s essential that you have a suitable office. As well as paying attention to whether your work area is comfortable and practical to use, you might be thinking of ways to ensure it is energy efficient. To get you started, here are a few pointers to help you design an eco-friendly home office that’s also inexpensive to use.
Use intelligent heating controls
Heating all of your home throughout the day if you’re just using one room can be a big waste of energy and money. This is where intelligent heating controls come in, including smart thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves. Technology like this means you can be much more precise, allowing you to just warm the rooms you’re using.
You might also want to turn your heating down slightly. Figures from the Energy Saving Trust suggest that reducing your thermostat by just one degree could save you up to £80 a year, and you might not even notice the difference.
As utility comparison website Utility Bidder points out, draughts can cause unnecessary heat loss. So, as well as focussing on getting your heating controls just right, it’s also important to make sure that your home office is well sealed from the elements. Ensure your windows are properly fitted, and if necessary, fit draught-proofing strips around the frames. Self-adhesive foam strips are quick and easy to install, but for something more long-lasting, you might want to opt for plastic or metal strips.
If your home office is positioned close to an external door, you may benefit from installing a keyhole cover, letterbox brush and draught excluder.
Choose energy-efficient tech
Be careful when choosing the tech for your workspace. Always look for equipment with an impressive energy efficiency rating. Also, choose appliances that fit your requirements. For example, if a relatively low-powered laptop will do the job just fine, this may be a better option than a bigger, more electricity-hungry PC.
When you’re selecting lights, look out for LEDs. They are much more efficient to run than traditional non-energy saving bulbs.
Use a power strip
To make it easier to turn your office tech off when you’re not using it, consider connecting multiple devices to a power strip that’s located within easy reach. This will mean it only takes a second to switch your appliances off at the plug when you’re not using them, removing the temptation to leave them on standby – which drains power unnecessarily.
Creating an energy-efficient home office might seem like a difficult task, but as these tips show, there are lots of simple things you can do to make this area eco-friendly and inexpensive to use.