With all the changes businesses have been forced to make since Covid-19 many more of us are now working from home, and it’s likely that this trend will stay – even when things are back to normal (whatever that new normal might be?!).
So with that in mind, here’s how you can save energy whilst working from home:
- Unplug or switch off devices when they’re not in use – some can use almost as much energy on stand-by as they do when they’re on!
- Use natural light as much as possible – keeping your windows clean can help with this too.
- Switch to energy saving lightbulbs – and remember to switch the lights off when you leave a room.
- When the time comes to replace items, upgrade to energy saving equipment.
- Use timer switches so you don’t forget to switch things off.
- Avoid working longer hours – and remember to switch off whatever you can during longer breaks.
- Only boil enough water for the tea or coffee you’re drinking – anything more is a waste of water and electricity!
- Batch cook meals – reheating is cheaper than cooking from scratch (and slow-cookers are great for energy saving too!).
- Use lids on saucepans to conserve more energy whilst cooking.
- Use the eco setting on appliances such as your dishwasher and washing machine – and load them up (half full cycles use just as much energy).
- Air-dry your clothes where possible – the tumble dryer is a huge energy monster!
- Invest in a smart meter and thermostat.
- If it’s chilly; wrap up, don’t heat empty rooms and keep an eye on your thermostat.
- Hunt out and isolate draughts.
And finally, most importantly:
- Keep an eye on your energy prices and switch to a better deal as soon as you can.