Save Energy When Working From Home

Take advantage of natural light and open blinds, curtains, and other window coverings.

More Americans are working from home, and more time spent at home means more energy is used throughout the day.

If you are punching the clock from home, here are 5 steps you can take to reduce your energy use and save on electric bills:

Use a Smart Power Strip

Plugging your most-used devices—such as computers, monitors, and routers—into a smart power strip ensures these devices don’t draw power when not in use. Smart power strips also allow you to select which devices stay in always-on mode.

Unplug Your Least-Used Equipment

If your home office includes printers and scanners, you probably are not using them daily. Unplug them, since they likely draw energy even when not being used.

Choose Energy Star-Certified Office Equipment

When buying new equipment for your workspace, look for the Energy Star label to ensure you get the most energy-efficient features. Computers, monitors, imaging equipment, and other office electronics that receive Energy Star ratings include power management features to make saving energy easy. Most are designed to run cooler and last longer.

Flip the Switch & Use Natural Light

Take advantage of daylight and additional warmth from the sun. Open blinds, curtains, and other window coverings to let natural light in during the day—and turn off the lights to reduce energy use.

Lower the Thermostat

Home heating makes up a significant portion of energy bills. Turn down the thermostat a few degrees during the day to reduce energy use and save money. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 68 degrees or cooler during winter. You are more likely to stay focused and alert when it is cooler in your home, so all the more reason to mind the thermostat.

Working from home doesn’t have to take a toll on your energy bills. Even if not working remotely, these tips can help you reduce energy use.