Blog Post Friday 03 April 2020
Whether you love or loathe winter, it’s a fact that energy usage rises throughout the cooler months. Heaters, kettles and more time in the house all adds up on your energy bill. And if you happen to work from home, unfortunately you’ll be looking forward to higher bills to pay than normal.
Don’t despair, there are a few things you can begin to put into practice as we head into the cooler months. When you’re working from home, it’s a good idea to nip excessive energy usage in the bud before it shows up on your energy bill.
If you’re used to a climate-controlled workplace with heating wherever you go, it may be tempting to flick the central heating on to warm up the entire house. If you’re lucky enough to have a separate home office where you can close the door, opt for a room heater instead, making sure to close the door and stop any draughts.
It makes sense to layer clothing, wraps, socks to provide that extra layer of warmth. Even a simple throw blanket over your lap helps. While you’re so focused on your work, you may not even notice the temperature. Warm drinks also help to raise the body temperature, so try a tea or two before reaching for the thermostat. Encourage family members at home to do the same.
Our natural warmer - the sun - still pops in and out throughout autumn, so while you can, open curtains and blinds on sunny days to let in solar heat in daytime and close all curtains and windows at night to contain the heat in your home. The sun streaming through your room can also provide all the light you need to get you through your working day.
If you’re working from home in winter, it might be a good idea to close any cooling vents. It’s an often-overlooked fact that warm air escapes through the cooling vents, but luckily most vents have louvres that can be closed. While you’re there, look for any other areas in the room where heat may escape. You’ll find door snakes or window draught seals at your local hardware shop.
These tips are easy to incorporate in your everyday life, and implementing even just a few of them while working from home throughout winter will make a difference on your energy bill. Check if you are on the best offer and don't hesitate to make the switch to a better value energy plan.
Whether you’re a pro at productivity or easily distracted by your new work surroundings, you’re going to at some stage realise that working from home means that you’re paying for the power it takes for you to work. You’re in your own home for a lot longer than you’re used to and all of a sudden, the electricity it takes to power your laptop, monitor, lighting, speakers and coffee machine are all going to show up on your energy bill.
We’ve collated a few working from home energy-saving tips to help you curb excessive energy usage and potentially avoid the bill shock that comes from working from home.
This is something you may not have a chance to do when you’re normally rushing off to work. Make it a ‘starting work’ and ‘leaving work’ habit to switch off power points in the lounge room, bedrooms, laundry, even the garage. Leaving them switched on - even unused - will show up on your bill as standby power (also known as vampire power). This accounts for a staggering 5.9% of Australia’s total residential electricity use. So yes, even a small chore like this could save you money.
These three culprits are the biggest suckers of vampire power, get to them first:
We can only hope that if you had to go out and buy yourself a second monitor, you checked its energy rating. That’s right, even computer monitors are subject to national energy performance standards and are required to display an Energy Rating Label (the ones with the stars like we see on washing machines) at the point of sale. Of course the size and display technology all comes into play with energy consumption - smaller LCD and LED are more energy efficient.
And don’t forget to plug these into an energy saving power-board which switches off the devices when the computer is turned off or when it goes into sleep mode, saving you energy and money.
This will benefit you not only when you’re working from home, but forevermore. When you put into practice all these working from home energy saving tips, team that up with a great value energy plan for more energy savings.