We spend a lot of time in our offices. We spend a lot of time (but never enough am I right?) at home. Sometimes we can get lucky and have a work from home day every once in a while, and more often than not we will need to work at home sometimes anyway. Because of this home offices have become increasingly popular. Just like every other aspect of your home, there are plenty of ways to save money by having a more energy efficient office.
Let’s start with the biggest energy sucking culprit and that’s your computer. As I explained in part one of my Energy Savings Guide whenever electronics are plugged into an outlet or a power strip they are sucking out energy…whether they are turned on or not. Since I don’t need to tell you guys to turn off your computer when you aren’t using it (I don’t have to, right?) I’m going to suggest that everyone plug their computer/printer/other associated electronics into a power strip that can be turned off. By turning off the power strip after you shut your computer down you are saving the energy it takes to power the strip whenever your computer isn’t being used. There are a lot of power myths when it comes to computers and while I would love to go into detail on each and every one of these, I’m just going to go ahead and let the experts do it for me (it’s not laziness, it’s efficiency).
When shopping for your paperwork items for your home office do the best you can to try and be efficient in the products themselves. Instead of buying separate printers, copiers, and fax machines, try to buy an all-in-one machine. Using these hybrid machines takes out the energy cost it would be to run three or four separate machines in your home.
As always, with electronic,s look for an Energy Star logo on the products you buy. Energy Star covers a wider variety of products that you probably think, and that’s everything from your computers, monitors, copy machines, fax machines…just a whole host of items.
This isn’t the end of my Energy Savings Guide just yet, so stay tuned next Friday when I’ll have yet another installment.
Build safe out there!