Many of us are working from home with increased regularity due to Covid-19. Since we’re home a lot more, we’re also using more energy, particularly in our home offices. Want to lower your energy bill and practice more eco-friendliness? Here are some top ways to save energy in your home office.

Use Power Strips

Power strips do more than just protect your devices (like your computers or TV) from power outages or surges. They also help to regulate power flow from your local power grid to your devices, making sure that nothing draws more power than it actually needs. This is a great way to combine multiple devices and make sure you don’t waste more energy than you actually need.

Control Sleep Timers On All Devices

Your devices may be on all day by default, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you leave your computer running overnight, you’re just wasting power that could be better used elsewhere. It’s a great idea to look at and adjust the sleep timers on all your plugged-in devices. By making your computer and other devices sleep, they can save power while still being quick to boot up in the morning when you start your workday again.

Don’t worry if you don’t know how to change sleep time on Mac or Windows computers. It’s really easy, and both types of computers have essentially the same process. All you have to do is go into your settings, find the applicable sleep timers, and adjust them to your liking.

Use Energy-Efficient Appliances

Similarly, you should try to use energy-efficient appliances wherever possible. Appliances include:

    • Computers
    • Dishwashers and clothes washers
    • Refrigerators
  • Lights and lamps
  • And more

Energy-efficient appliances make much more of an impact on your monthly energy bill than you might think. Furthermore, some states may even provide you with tax incentives or other benefits for switching to eco-friendly appliances wherever possible. Fortunately, finding energy-efficient appliances is usually easy, since they have a sticker on the side indicating that they’re beneficial for the environment.

Replace Expensive Light Bulbs

Lastly, you should try to replace any incandescent light bulbs in your home office and throughout the rest of your house. LED light bulbs are much more energy-efficient and better for the environment compared to standard incandescent bulbs. Even better, LED and other eco-friendly light bulbs usually last a lot longer than their counterparts. This means you’ll spend less money on lightbulbs in the long run, even if you have to spend a little money replacing your lightbulbs in the short term.

All in all, following each of the above tips can go a long way toward helping your home become more eco-friendly across the board and help you save money on your energy bill. Be sure to combine all of the above methods to enjoy the maximum benefit and turn your home office into just as eco-friendly a place as your regular work office.