Make for a More Energy-Efficient Home Business

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You try to be your best to be energy-efficient at home.

You tell your kids to turn off the lights and shut the refrigerator door. That should include you and your home office as well.

When you are running a home Internet business, you’re probably spending a lot of time in your home office, and it can have the potential to sap a lot of energy, not good for the environment or your energy bill.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can make your home office more energy-efficient from the very small things to the very big ones:

• Construction

To begin with; probably the biggest thing is construction.

If you are in a position to rebuild or even add on to your home office, take some construction techniques into consideration.

A good roof will help on your energy efficiency, as well as good walls made with a deeper wall cavity which allows more room for insulation.

As the following article looks at, great in colder climates, for instance Massachusetts places 5th in best state for energy-efficient construction.

• Equipment

Invest in energy efficient equipment, like computers and copiers.

By using multi-function equipment, like a single piece that can print, copy and scan, you not only save on electricity (one plug), but also on space.

Use a power bar. Even with a multi-function piece, you’re still going to have multiple things to plug in. A power strip can help out. Look for Energy Star rated equipment when you’re buying.

You may want to consider a laptop instead of a desktop. You’ll use less energy from it and you can take it with you when you have to. Cost savings won’t be big per year, but every little bit helps.

• Lighting

With the newer energy-efficient lightbulbs available, you can save a great deal of energy, and change the bulbs much less often. They are a bit higher in cost upfront, but you’ll end up saving in the long run.

Remember to turn your lights off when you leave the room!

• Heating and air

Remember to adjust your heating and air accordingly. If you run it at a certain temperature when you’re there, be sure to adjust when you’re not.

Depending where in your home your office is, you may be the only one relying on a comfortable temperature, so when you’re not there, it’s wasteful and costly.

By working out of your home, you’re already helping out the environment by saving on your commute.

There’s plenty more you can do at home to help out with energy efficiency, which will save on your bills and help out the world around you.

Be conscientious and you may be surprised to see your bills going down.

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About the Author: Heather Legg is a writer who focuses on working from home, social media and small businesses.

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