Energy saving changes while working from home

Having to work from home and being confined to the house during lockdown has brought with it a few challenges with added gas and electricity costs, e.g. additional lighting, heating, electronic equipment and kitchen usage.  I found that taking some simple steps helped reduce my usage and costs, including: switching off appliances at the wall when not in use (e.g. my laptop charger), wearing extra layers while sitting still at the laptop, and positioning my work desk next to a window for natural light. 

Why the contribution is important

I find applying these simple measure are effective in keeping our energy costs down, whilst also being less harmful for the environment, particularly now this is likely to be a longer term way of working. 

by Yvonne_CEC on July 06, 2020 at 09:21AM

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  • Posted by johannacarrie August 16, 2020 at 12:23

    Being retired 'working from home' is normal to me so I support these ideas.
  • Posted by Yvonne_CEC September 09, 2020 at 09:47

    That's good to know. Do you have any other advice for saving energy whilst at home?
  • Posted by MJMcD0ugall September 09, 2020 at 11:20

    Can add the old favorites :
    only boil the water you need, half a kettle full uses much more energy than a mug full
    switch appliances off when not in use
    leave central heating 'cool', wear more clothes or use a local heater for top up
    keep reading your meters , think of weight watchers monitoring, consider ask energy supplier to provide a smart meter, then use it !
  • Posted by Mmunro49 January 22, 2021 at 15:49

    My solar panels in a small house with good insulation, pay for my gas, electricity and broadband. It goes without saying that solar panels in every home ( or every newly built house) would reduce the need for your question to ZERO..

    But while we await the changes in social policy that could allow all people to benefit:

    Apply all of the ideas already suggested:)

    Wear a woolly hat indoors!
    Have a south/ west facing house. Really makes a big difference to your living space.
    Use LED bulbs.
    Seriously try to get solar panels there are financial incentives from the likes of Octopus energy even though the FIT tariff is no longer available.
    Exercise periodically if you can (does wonders for your health, metabolism and warmth:)
    Use any green energy deals to upgrade windows, doors, heating systems etc
    Cook with an induction hob.
    Find out when your electricity is cheapest and switch on essentials like washing machines at that time.
    Take advanced of the Warm home energy scheme.
    Put your name down for an allotment and grow your own fruit and veg and flowers:)
    Explore ways of reducing reusing and recycling as much as you can. Why constantly buy and throw stuff away?
    Try to make sure you are paying the CHEAPEST TARIFF YOU POSSIBLY CAN. Go on Martins Money and regularly change your deal. If you are renting using a metre do everything you can to change that system. Why is it that the poorest in our community have to pay the most for fuel? :(
    Share tools, produce and ideas with friends and neighbours:)
    Start engaging in these types of conversations with people you meet:)

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