How to save on your energy bills while working from home
Working from home means energy bills may naturally increase. Here are a few money-saving tips to try out to keep costs down.
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Working from home could definitely be saving you money on petrol and expensive lunches; however, the change in lifestyle can make a substantial difference to our electricity bills at home.
Here are a few tips on how to keep the cost of your electricity bills down.
Laptop over desktop
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Working on a laptop as opposed to a desktop computer can save up to 80% on your energy output. If you’ve got the luxury of having both or your place of work are willing to give you a laptop for working at home purposes, definitely take advantage of this.
Choose a light work space
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Working in a light and bright environment not only increases productivity but will save you on your energy bills, too. If your desk is placed below a window you’re going to have natural light all day, avoiding the need to turn on a lamp.
Spend time outdoors
As spring is approaching remember to spend as much time in your garden as possible. Working outdoors can be beneficial in inspiring and lifting your spirits, but it will also save you from using energy indoors.
Remember to unplug
A simple but effective tip is turning your appliances off when they’re not in use. Whenever your appliances have a visible red light or a clock, it means they are using up electricity. Be frugal and turn your appliances off at the plug before you go to bed. This is also true for phone chargers – make sure to unplug them when they’re not being used.
Alter your thermostat
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Adjusting your thermostat by one degree can save you 5-15% on your energy bill per year and you won’t feel a noticeable difference in temperature. Every little helps!
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