Low-cost energy saving
A small budget can go a long way to making your home office more energy efficient.
- Replace traditional bulbs with energy-saving LEDs or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
- Make sure the lighting level is right for your office.
- Paint the office in light colours to reflect natural light.
When you buy new equipment, consider the running costs as well as the price. Choosing energy efficient models saves you money in the long run.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR label when you’re buying a computer, laptop or other office devices.
- Use plug-in timers to automatically switch office equipment off at the end of the day.
- Use multi-plug power boards with a power switch to easily turn multiple devices off.
- Remote-controlled plugs and power boards let you turn equipment off without having to bend under your desk.
- Choose heating that can heat your office space efficiently without having to heat other parts of your home that aren't being used.
- This may mean buying an efficient single heat source just for your office, like an ENERGY STAR heat pump or flued gas heater.
- If you use a plug-in electric heater, consider using a plug-in thermostat to reduce temperature swings.
- Install ceiling and underfloor insulation. If you have some already, get it checked to make sure it is up to today’s standard and hasn’t settled or moved about.
- Draught-proof your office doors and windows.
- Consider wall insulation and double-glazing when setting up or renovating your office.