If you’re someone who happens to work out of your home, one thing that you may not have stopped to think about is the fact that while other people are working in an office setting, you are spending business hours at your house. And while that tends to bring a lot of benefits and conveniences, if there’s one area where it can tend to pose a bit of a challenge, it would be when it comes to your electricity bills. That’s because while everyone else is out using their employer’s electricity, you are actually using your own.
The good news is that there are several things that you can do that will help to lower the electric bills that you receive each month. Are you curious to know what some of those things are? If so, we have a list of five proven ones for you below:
Let the sun shine through. During the day, try and open up your blinds or curtains so that some natural light can shine into your home office. That way, you won’t have to rely so much on your overhead lights or lamps. Plus, natural light is also a way to get absorb some Vitamin D, which is something that all of our bodies need.
Unplug (and turn off) what you don’t need. If you don’t need to have the lamp on your desk on during the daytime, there’s really no point in having it plugged in, right? This also goes for having the television on in a different room or leaving your computer plugged up when you’re done using it. The main rule to remember is that whatever is attached to an outlet is using up energy. So, if you aren’t using it, pull it from its energy source.
Switch over to compact fluorescent light bulbs. When you’re working at home, your business hours are oftentimes pretty flexible. So, if you do have to go into your home office after sunset, it’s best to use some compact fluorescent light bulbs rather than the standard kind. They use a lot less energy and can last as much as 2-3 times longer.
Have your equipment serviced. If you went to a website like electricityprices.org.uk for information on how to conserve electricity in your home office, one thing that it might tell you is to have your equipment serviced at least once a year. Oftentimes, we don’t even think to do this unless our printer or desktop breaks down, but by having maintenance done to it, we can be sure that it’s working at any optimal level.
Give yourself a break. When you work from home, it is very easy to do more than eight hour days. As a matter of fact, sometimes you can look up and realize that you were in your office for as much as 12-15 hours. Not only is that hard on your eyes and could potentially lead to sleep deprivation, but it’s also another way to use up a lot of your home’s energy too. So, for the sake of your health and your electricity bills, try and do no more than 8-9 hours of work a day. It’s a smart decision to make both physically as well as financially.