Tweet Image by moriza (source: Flickr) Working from home is becoming popular for office workers who have been shaken by the increasing fuel prices. What they don’t realize is that their home office is a powerhouse of carbon emissions, responsible for the greenhouse effect. Conserving energy and reducing waste when working from home can help to reduce the further damage that climate change is having on Earth. Recycling and Reducing Waste Although everyone should be practicing recycling in their home, it’s even more important for home workers to reduce their waste and increase their recycling habits. Printing should be avoided where possible to reduce waste of paper and printer ink which is harmful for the environment. Many companies allow used printer ink cartridges to be returned for recycling rather than allowing them to decompose on a landfill. Alternative Energy Alternative energy resources are worth consideration for home workers. Solar PV panels can significantly reduce energy bills and are a clean alternative electricity resource. Solar panels are becoming popular due to extortionate utility bills and renewable energy’s investment perks. Any unused generated electricity can earn homeowners money too, due to the feed-in tariff. Green Stationery Green stationery is a more eco-friendly way to kit out a home office. 100% recycled products and recyclable stationery are becoming an increasingly popular alternative in offices. Many office supplies websites offer eco-friendly stationery ranges which can be used for home offices as well as commercial ones. Power Saving Strategies Adopting power saving strategies within the home can reduce electricity bills and reduce the home’s carbon footprint. Energy saving light bulbs are useful for home offices which generally require more use of artificial light than other rooms of the house. They have a longer life than incandescent bulbs and use around a fifth of the amount of energy compared to their counterparts. Many people leave their computers on stand-by out of convenience without realising the effects on the environment. Implementing power-saving techniques and habits can reduce emissions. Shutting down computers and devices not in use rather than hibernating or using stand-by options is a valuable habit for home workers to adopt. Office workers are renowned for drinking coffee and tea whilst working. Repeatedly boiling the kettle wastes money and energy. Using a flask to make a large cup of coffee, which will retain heat and reduce the amount of times a kettle is boiled in the day, is a convenient energy saving technique to adopt. Working from home can be a convenient option for many office workers. Some find they are more productive without colleagues around to distract them. Ensuring energy saving techniques are adopted within the home office is essential to prevent it becoming a major energy consumer. SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER Thank you, your sign-up request was successful! Please check your e-mail inbox. Given email address is already subscribed, thank you! Please provide a valid email address. Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.