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Save Money Whilst Working From Home: Energy Efficiency

Save Money Whilst Working From Home: Energy Efficiency




When your home is also your office your monthly bills become outgoings for your business, and to increase profit margins; it’s a good idea to try and keep your energy efficiency at a premium level. Even though you may think your home is at optimum efficiency, it’s a good idea to always keep an eye on a few things that can contribute to your bills without you realising. Of course, going with an energy provider offering you the best deal, and having monthly readings of your water and electric/gas usage will mean you are paying what you owe rather than an estimated amount and will help to save money. However, there are other ways you can ensure you are keeping your energy usage down.


Check Windows And Doors

Checking that your double glazing is still performing in the way it should be, as well as making sure any draughts from under doors are appropriately excluded, will help to reduce your energy bills. Keeping heat in the property when you’re heating is on is a major way of saving energy as your heating will automatically turn off when your home has reached your chosen temperature. If heat is constantly escaping, your heating will have to work hard to keep the temperature up. At the same time, if you are warm enough by putting a jumper on, or need to open a window for fresh air, it’s a good idea to keep the heating off and turn it back on when needed.


Energy Saving Light Bulbs

This may seem like overkill; however, if you find yourself continuously working late into the evening, you need to make sure you have sufficient lighting to avoid damaging eye strain. This means you will need to have quite a few lights on, and if not using energy efficient light bulbs, your bulbs will be losing energy through heat and be adding to your bill. Just making this simple change will ensure you are not wasting unnecessary energy.


Do Not Leave Electricals On Standby/Charge

It can be surprising how much energy leaving your electrical items on charge can add to your electricity bills. If you work from a laptop or smartphone all day, letting the battery run down rather than keeping the item on charge will not only aid the health of your electrical items, but ensure you are only using energy when it is needed. Standby items may not use a lot of energy, but they are still using more than an item that is switched off. If you don’t need something leave it off and unplugged, and if you are using an item that has sufficient battery take it off charge for a while. The charger will be there if and when you need it.

Making these checks or simple changes will help you to keep your bills down, and see your profit margins increase. When it comes to running a successful business, efficiency is always near the top of the priority list – not only the efficiency of your process but your energy efficiency too. Taking responsibility for your energy usage may also buy you a few favours with your customers and partners, as it shows you care about your carbon footprint and the effect your business has on the environment. You’ll be saving money and the environment – win-win.  

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