Use Less Electricity while Still Working from Home All Day
So, you’ve made the decision to work from home. Or maybe you do lots of work for your day job at your house at night. Either way, the typical home office is loaded with items that use lots electricity: computers, printers, chargers, fax machines, and more. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can save energy with these devices to reduce your electric bill.
- Choose an energy-efficient model – or switch to a laptop.
- Laptops are less power-hungry than desktops. A laptop typically uses less than 80% of the energy than an average desktop.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® rating for more energy-efficient computers, monitors, and printers. The energy label lists the maximum power a computer will use. Most computer usage won’t require the maximum amount.
- Put your computer to sleep or turn it off when not in use. This is the best way to save energy with any computer.
- Sleep mode uses 6 watts or less and will save you time over booting after short intervals of inactivity. An easy trick is to set the power settings on your computer to automatically go to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity.
- Don’t be fooled by screensavers with animated screen or images – they don’t save any electricity. Only putting the computer in sleep mode will reduce your usage.
- Plug your computer and all accessories into a power strip. This allows you to turn them all off at once using the switch on the power strip to avoid “phantom load.” Phantom load is the small amount of power used by most electrical appliances when they are turned off but still plugged in.
- Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. Rechargeable batteries cost a little more up front, but will save you money in the long run and keep discarded batteries out of the landfills.
Make your electricity bill work for you with these energy savings tips for the home office.