A renewed commitment to moving to a remote work environment came out of the pandemic. About 64 million U.S. employees have positions compatible with part-time remote work, and more than 50% of people who telecommute part-time say they want to increase their remote work hours. Working from home allows you to design your home office to suit you and, for many, this means designing a more eco-friendly workspace.
Here are a few tips you can use to help reduce your carbon footprint while making the most of your home office.
1. Work Near the Window
Set up your workspace near windows so you can take advantage of natural light. You save energy, reduce your carbon footprint and spend less money on electricity.
2. Unplug Devices From the Wall
Turn off and unplug your devices when you finish for the day. You save energy and money this way, two factors that make it easier for most people to do a few ecologically minded things.
3. Use an Eco-Friendly Server Host
Choose a provider for data transmission and storage that uses environmentally friendly methods to produce its energy. Servers can use a lot of energy, which isn’t the most eco-friendly. Many global companies set up their data storage facilities in Iceland, a country committed to using renewable resources for energy production.
Its colder temperatures also reduce the need for air conditioning units to cool servers, which further reduces the carbon footprint.
4. Purchase Sustainable Office Materials
Use recycled paper and reusable notebooks. Buy a dry erase board, so you can make notes, then erase them when you move to another project.
5. Reduce Your Printing
Complete as much work as possible online, saving to the cloud. When you do need to print, use recycled paper. You can also purchase refillable ink cartridges for most printers that let you add ink when needed. This keeps the plastic cartridges out of landfills.
6. Conduct an Energy Audit On Your Home
Many electric utility companies provide these free to their customers. The audit uncovers areas in the home where updating could help you save money. For instance, you can add attic insulation to reduce energy usage or seal drafts beneath doors.
7. Use Your Dishwasher
Many people are surprised to learn that dishwashers use less water than handwashing dishes. If you work in an area that requires you to wash equipment, think about running it through the dishwasher instead. You can use a light detergent like Cascade on most items. You also save yourself time.
8. Switch to Solar Energy
You can purchase a small, portable unit for about $200 that can power your computer and office items. When you don’t need the printer, this gadget lets you work on the balcony, patio or beach without the battery ever dying.
Want to go camping, but have deadlines? Take this solar power station with you and you carry an entire electric utility with you. The bonus is that your office now runs on renewable energy.
You can easily lower your carbon footprint by working from home. But when you’re working from home, you can sometimes use more electricity than you think. With these changes, you can reduce your carbon footprint even further while also helping you save on utilities.
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