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#SolutionMonday: 4 ways to save energy and reduce carbon footprint while working from home

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#SolutionMonday: 4 ways to save energy and reduce carbon footprint while working from home

A significant number of people currently work from home and this is partly attributed to the pandemic.

In addition, with recent climate events and the race to cut down emissions, more organizations are switching to coworking spaces and remote working to save energy and reduce their carbon footprints.

No doubt, remote working has led to reduced commute and improved air quality because the carbon emissions and pollution that would ordinarily have come from traveling to meetings and attending events have been reduced.

People now have the leisure of using video conferencing and online meeting technologies as well as work tools.

However, this comes at two costs: the environment and your finances.

For one, increased time spent at home has an impact on domestic carbon footprint by virtue of your devices. Secondly, running these devices means your utility bill will increase.

How, then, can you reduce your carbon footprint and also cut down costs? Here are 4 energy-saving ways to

Natural lighting

This is an important factor when choosing where you want to set up your workspace in your home.

If you’re looking to save as much energy as possible, you should consider choosing an area that is well lit by natural light. Not only is it an energy-efficient option, but it also reduces your carbon footprint.

So, go around your home for some inspection and choose a space that is full of free, natural light. Save that money you intended for buying that lamp and running it all day.

Turn off the lights

Well, not permanently.

Lighting contributes significantly to the energy cost of most homes. Since you’re spending most of your time working from home, the best way to reduce extra costs is to turn off your lights whenever you’re not using them.

You can go around your home to check that you (or anyone living with you) did not leave any lights on.

Use energy-saving options on equipment

Some equipment have energy-saving options. You can run through the manual to check where it’s located.

This will help you reduce your equipment’s power consumption to an extent.

Turn off devices that are not in use

You may not have noticed but some mobile phone chargers use energy even when they are not in use and are plugged into sockets. This is costing you financially.

Ensure you’re not wasting energy by unplugging all chargers that aren’t being used. Also, you can make it a rule to unplug all devices when they are not in use instead of leaving them plugged in and increasing your energy cost.

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