How to Reduce Your Home Office Electricity Bill

4 ways to work at home without incurring increased energy costs

Many folks are finding the benefits of setting up a home office, but what impact would this have on your electricity costs? Clearly, the more time you spend in your home, the more energy you’ll be using. You certainly don’t want the benefits of a home office to be outweighed by rising electricity costs. The following are some simple tips you can start using today to help reduce your home office electricity bill.

Step 1: Flip off the lights

This is a no-brainer, but many people wander through their house flipping on lights and lamps then forgetting about them as they settle into work. Even if you think you’ll “be right back,” turning off lights can go a long way toward reducing your electric bill. This also goes for appliances not in use such as televisions, stereos and computers. And if you’re working at home during the day, pull up the blinds and let the natural sunlight in!

Step 2: Swap out your incandescent light bulbs for fluorescents

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, use around one-quarter less the amount of energy as a typical incandescent bulb, yet provide the same amount of light.

Step 3: Adjust your home office temperature to conserve electricity

If you’re working at home on a warm summer’s day, you might be tempted to crank up the central air conditioner. The result will be higher electric costs and unnecessary cooling to the entire house. Instead of cooling the entire house, consider installing a window air conditioning unit in your home office, and keeping the cold air in by closing any doors that open to the rest of your home. Another simpler option is to merely open a window, and cut back on the AC altogether. You can even install ceiling fans or portable fans, which use less electricity than air conditioners, as a way of keeping your cool and reducing your electric bill.

On the flip side, colder climates will have you reaching for the heat thermostat. Do you know if your home is properly insulated? Making sure your windows and doors have weather seals can help lower those electric costs, and portable electric space heaters can help you cut costs by heating only the room you'll be working in.

Step 4: Power up with green alternatives

Did you know that some states have more than one utility company serving consumers? If you live in one of those states, you could find a utility company that provides lower rates to help reduce your electricity bill. It might also be time to consider installing alternative power supply systems such as solar panels or a wind turbine. Even a small alternative energy system would be all you need to keep your computer and printer running. Explore your options through your local state resources to lower your home office electric costs.

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