The CoronaVirus crisis has changed the way we do things. Collectively working to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus it is important to follow health guidelines like social distancing, regular washing of hands,use of recommended nose masks when it’s essential to go out and limiting non-essential outings.
That means, we’ll be using more energy each day. We are estimating that daily home energy usage will increase by 10-15 percent depending on where you live, as worker work remotely due to Covid-19
And more energy use means higher energy bills. That’s why it’s arguably more important than ever to make sure our homes and habits are as energy efficient as possible.
On the bright side, the environmental benefits of working from home can’t be overlooked,from reducing road congestion to cutting down on office building energy consumption. Well, with more and more people working from home, we think it’s time you probably save more by following any of the following inexpensive energy-efficiency strategies without curbing productivity.
1. Use natural light; Open the Curtains!
One of the best practices when setting up a home working space is to set up in a place with plenty of natural light. When starting your day, use blinds thoughtfully to block direct sunlight to keep your workspace cool. Utilizing natural lighting will stop you from wasting energy and money used to power lamps and overhead lights. It also helps improve your mood as well as boost your productivity. Natural light is a proven mood-booster.
2. Choose energy efficient light bulbs
According to the Energy Saving Trust, lighting accounts for around 15% of the typical household’s electricity bill. Less energy consumed will result in less money wasted on power bills. If your workplace does not get enough natural light during the daytime, you can opt for light bulbs that have low wattage..
A very simple way to reduce the amount of energy being consumed by your lighting is to replace your old-fashioned lightbulbs with energy-efficient alternatives. It has been proven that they also last for longer periods of time.
3. Utilize energy saving features of all devices
Most devices that are used for work have energy-saving features. These include the laptop, tablets and other electronics like the printers, microwaves, and air conditioners.
Most of the devices we use now have these options and they are usually very easy to navigate. Oftentimes, it is a matter of clicking a button or adjusting a setting feature. Activating the energy management controls on your computer to save between $10 and $100 in energy costs per year. Using these features to help reduce energy consumed by the device
4. Use energy efficient devices
Utilizing Energy-efficient equipment can help you save power and money. Although they may cost more upfront but they’re going to consume less, saving you more money in the long run. Upgrade to appliances with high energy ratings. Also, get the right size that matches your needs so you’re not paying extra for running costs. Energy savings on some devices could be as much as 75 percent.
Just so you know, laptops use less electricity than desktop computers (53 kWh vs. 275 kWh annually).
5. Work Smarter Hours, Not Longer Hours.
Cutting down on the number of hours you’re on your computer is the most direct way to save electricity while working from home. By optimizing your work day and eliminating procrastination, you can potentially free yourself earlier in the day. For example, say you’re able to complete your work in five hours instead of seven hours, you can turn off the PC , saving the amount of energy you would have expended in that last hour or two.
So try to work a bit smarter fitting more work into fewer hours –cutting down the amount of time you spend checking emails, and going to the dining to take lunch, can all have a dramatic impact on productivity, meaning you might be able to cut an hour or so off your working day.
You’ll have the opportunity to do less boring things when you have that free time and you’re also saving energy while at it.
6. Switch off Unused appliances
One of the most obvious solutions to keep your energy bills down is to make sure everything not in use is switched off. When working from home, unplug everything you’re not using at that moment. Plug multiple items into a single power strip so you can turn them off all with one switch.
Be watchful of electronic devices like phones or tablets that need to be plugged into an electrical outlet to charge – but they continue to draw small amounts of electricity from your mains supply even after they’re fully charged. They are mostly called “Vampire Electronics”
Other strategies include
Other Strategies Include;
1. Conducting an energy audit
What better time can you have experts audit your energy consumption. This would give you an overview of your energy consumption and ultimately open your eyes to energy management opportunities.
2. Installation of an alternative source of power (Renewable Energy) :
These days, the stories have not changed. Power supply is still epileptic. This period provides the best opportunity to install an alternative source of power and be guaranteed of uninterrupted power supply. There’s no chance of “I’ll get this done at the office again” act now!
At Stratagem Energy Management Company, we are Energy professionals that can effectively help you conduct your energy audits, recommend and implement energy management strategies.
We are skilled in the installation of renewable sources of energy integrating it with your existing system.
We are leaders in our domain and we’ll be glad to solve your energy problems.
Call us today on 08077724169 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Olumuyiwa Osunlakin
Project Management & Digital Marketing Analyst