With the UK under lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we are all spending a lot more time at home. All those cups of coffee, plugged in laptops and streamed TV shows are adding up to a bigger household energy footprint.
Whether you’re looking to keep your bill to a minimum or lessen your environmental impact, here are some suggestions for a greener office life indoors:
The working day
Thousands of people who wouldn’t normally work from home are now doing so. This means that instead of using the office’s heating and electricity, you’re using your own. Here’s a few ideas for being more energy efficient.
OK, so this isn’t a choice. But one positive about being at home is the reduction in both carbon emissions and air pollution from the huge drop in car journeys. Instead, you could sometimes use your outdoor time for the day to ‘commute’ to or from the home office with a run, walk or cycle.
If you’re making do with a DIY office, try to choose a spot with plenty of natural light so that you don’t have to have lights on all day. Turning down the brightness of your monitor uses less energy too, and also don’t charge your phone overnight, instead charge it while working, plug it into your laptop.
The Energy Saving Trust recommends a range of 18-21ºC for healthy adults. If you tend to have the heating at the higher end of the scale, turning it down by just one degree saves energy and money. Time to make the most of your new work wardrobe of cosy jumpers, dressing gown and slippers!
Coffee and tea break
Remember don’t overfill your kettle only boil the amount of water you need for the number of drinks you are making at the time. Even if you drink a lot of hot drinks during the day, it’s still more energy efficient to boil what you need each time you make a drink rather than fill the kettle at the start of the day and boil too much water.
Think about food waste, at this time, many of us are more aware of our food supplies. How can you make sure that you don’t waste what you’ve got? Think about using leftover meat to make soups and stews or boiling up vegetable peelings to make veggie stock.
Take a screen break, spending time offline can help give your mind a rest – and don’t forget to switch your monitor off and close your laptop to save energy.
Turn it all off
Finish the working day by closing down your computer and turning it off at the plug. Don’t leave it on standby all night. You could also try to get into this habit with other appliances, too.
Check your gas and electric bill
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Other energy saving tips
There are plenty of other things you can do to make your home energy efficient. Visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk for more ideas.