How to save energy if you work from home
AVOIDING the daily commute and slashing fuel costs are just some of the many energy-saving benefits to be enjoyed by people working from home.
But there are plenty of other ways in which people who work from home can cut back on their energy use ‒ and save themselves money, too.
If you work from home, it pays to think about the amount of energy you use. By making a few changes, not only will you make a difference to the environment, you’ll help your bank balance, too.
Switch off standby
Steps to take include turning your appliances off standby, which could save you about £30 a year, according to The Energy Saving Trust. Switch off equipment such as your computer, laptop, printer and scanner at the mains, and remember to unplug your phone charger when not in use.
Some of these measures may only lead to small savings, but combined together they will make a difference to both the planet and your pocket. The more people who take these positive steps, the better.
Only heat what you need to
A large chunk of our energy use is taken up by heating and hot water. Savings can be made by setting your heating and hot water to come on when you need them, and by only heating the areas of your home that you need to.
Simply turning your thermostat’s dial down by one degree will reduce your energy bills. Plus, another simple step is to turn off lights when you’re not using them.
It’s also worth making sure your home office is well insulated.
Good quality spray foam insulation will reduce bills by keeping heat locked in.
Loft refurbishments for extra space
And if you’re looking to use your loft as a home office, a simple refurbishment is a great alternative to a loft conversion.
A loft refurbishment can take less than a week to complete. It’s ideal for creating extra usable space.
At Noreus, we can enhance your home by creating a usable, functional space within your existing loft – regardless of the age or condition of your property, and at a fraction of the cost of a typical loft conversion.
What’s more, we use state-of-the-art spray foam to insulate any work we do, which means increased comfort, a reduction in heating bills and greater energy efficiency.