Whether by choice or because our workplaces are closed, many of us find ourselves working from home these days.
It’s not so bad. Turns out, WFH life has a lot of benefits: no more commuting and no more risking your lunch being stolen from the breakroom refrigerator, just to name a few. However, there is one big drawback: Being home an additional eight hours a day takes a toll on our electricity bill.
Here’s how to save electricity while telecommuting.
Make Your Home Office More Energy Efficient
Some of us are fortunate enough to have a dedicated home office from which to meet deadlines and conduct Zoom meetings. Others have commandeered the dining room table. Either way, all that energy-hungry equipment is going to need watts. Follow these steps to curb electricity consumption.
Replace your desktop with a laptop: Desktop computers use as much as 100 watts of power while in idle and well more than that while in use. A laptop is comparatively energy-wise using only 25 to 60 watts.
Go with an EnergyStar monitor: Whether you decide to stick with your desktop or go with a laptop, you’ll need an energy-efficient monitor. (You’ll be more productive with a full-sized monitor connected to your laptop.) EnergyStar models draw less power whether they’re on or sleeping.
Use a power strip: Your monitor, laptop, phone and other devices are still drawing power when they’re on standby mode. These “energy vampires” cost homeowners about $100 year in electricity costs. Save energy by turning off the power strip when you’re done for the day.
Adjust your computer’s power settings: Set your PC to go into a low-power mode after 5 minutes of inactivity. It will resume instantly when you begin using it again. You can also program your computer to shut down at a certain time every night if you’re the forgetful type.
Upgrade your lights: Switching out incandescent bulbs in your home office with LEDs can save you more than $40 a year on your electricity bill.
Keeping Working During a Power Outage
Whether or not your WFH arrangement is temporary or permanent, a solar panel system will provide your home with renewable energy at a fraction of the cost. Solar panels will dramatically reduce -- or even eliminate -- your monthly electricity bills. Plus, if you have a solar battery, you can continue to work even when the power goes out. To learn more, contact the pros at JP Electric & Solar at (559) 464-6048.