The last few months has seen us convert our living spaces into home offices; dining tables converted to computer desks, living rooms for virtual meetings, and any space left for fitness breaks.
Whether you’re working from home or running a small business these top 10 tips will help you save power and money, with minimal effort and investment.
1. Light it up: Switch your lightbulbs to energy efficient (LED) lighting and position your desk near a window to take advantage of natural light. If you plan on replacing more than 20 halogen lights in your home, there are great discounts on offer from the State Government.
2. Switch off: Enable the Power Saver function on your computer, to save power when your screen is inactive (and remember to turn it all off when you clock off).
3. Got aircon? Clean and service your systems by vacuuming and wiping down the filters with a damp cloth every six months.
4. Turn it down: Set air conditioning thermostats to 18 degrees or lower in winter and 25 degrees or higher in summer and dress seasonally.
5. Zoning is your friend: Zone your house by closing doors and only heating or cooling one space at a time.
6. Need a new appliance, computer or kettle? Choose the most energy and water efficient model available within your budget. Look for the stars and aim high.
7. Don’t get into hot water: When replacing hot water systems, choose an energy efficient option like solar hot water system or an electric heat pump - you’ll save loads of money in the long run. Find out more.
8. Power showers: Check your showerhead is water and energy efficient. Run the shower for 15 seconds and collect the water in a measuring jug. It should be running less than 9 litres per minute. Showerheads that use less water and energy are super affordable and available at your local hardware store. Short showers also help save coin (but admittedly that’s harder in winter!).
9. Shut in the cold: Check refrigerator doors are closing tightly and seals are in good working order. Turn off any under-utilised fridges or freezers.
10. Cosy up: In winter, consider improving the thermal performance of your home office by sealing window sills, door frames and floors gaps with gap sealer or door snakes. Keeping curtains/blinds closed to stop heat loss from windows. (If within your budget, upgrade your roof insulation every 15 years or so).
Find out more:
- Australian Energy Foundation: Get energy-saving advice and discounted products
- NSW Energy Saver website: Loads of tips and info on rebates available
- Energy Rating Labels: Start rating for energy use of household equipment and appliances
- Water Rating Labels: Start rating on household equipment and appliances for water efficiency
- Watch this recent webinar: Easy energy-saving tips for homes.
Thanks for making environmentally and budget-friendly home offices second nature!