Green Your Home Office

When you have a home office, it has advantages. One of those advantages is that it’s way easier to green your work space. You don’t have to ask permission or nag anyone to go green. You just do it.

Another advantage is, of course, the money and energy you conserve commuting. It doesn’t take much energy to walk from the bedroom to your home office. (Unless you haven’t had enough coffee yet. )

The things you need to green in a home office are different than the things you’d think about working elsewhere. It’s pretty simple. A few simple habits can equal great energy conservation.

Light bulbs – replace all your light bulbs with compact fluorescents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that by replacing just one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, Americans would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year.

Thermostat settings – set it low in the winter and high in the summer. Wear a sweater in the winter time if you get cold. Using a fan in the summer in combination with your ac uses far less energy than your air conditioning running all the time.

Turn off your lights – when you’re not using them, turn them off. I have a big window in my home office and I open the curtains during the daytime. That gives me plenty of lighting, so I work without using the lights at all.

Unplug your electronics at night. It doesn’t take that long to power up a computer in the morning, and you’ll save tons of energy by doing so. Your electronic devices draw power even when they’re switched off or not in use, just by being plugged in. You’ve probably got all the plugs in an electronic strip anyway. Just turn it off when you’re done for the day.

Recycle your paper. Or go paperless as much as possible. Just make sure that the paper you use is in that recycle bin on pick-up day.

Put a plant in your office. You’ll improve the air in your home office because plants absorb carbon dioxide and exude oxygen. Whether you think of it that way or not, this is going green. You’re improving air quality.

Do you have any tips or tricks for greening your home office? Let me know on twitter, Facebook, or leave me a message here on the blog.

Here’s a video on greening your home office I thought you might enjoy:


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