Over the past few weeks, millions of people have suddenly found themselves working from home in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. And while working from home comes with some perks, it can also come with some hardships, like increased energy-use.
Conserving Energy at Home
Embrace Natural Light from 9-5
If you work traditional hours, you can probably get by on natural light, so make sure to open your curtains first thing in the morning. If you do need a little extra light, opt for small desk lamps that use far less energy than large chandeliers or overhead lighting.
Having a hard time concentrating with so many distractions around you? Cut out those distractions and save on your electric bill by unplugging your TV, tablets, and game consoles while you’re working.
Set Your Computer to Energy Saver Mode
Leaving your computer on every night is a big waste of energy. While most computers will go to “sleep” if left untouched for a certain amount of time, you can actually take it a step further. By setting it to eco-mode or turning it off at the end of the day, you can save energy and money.
Upgrade Your Power Strips
Working from home requires a lot more than just a computer, you may also be using a telephone, printer, chargers, and scanners. Upgrading your power strips ensures all of your devices aren't drawing power when they're not being used.