5 Tips for Saving Electricity While Working from Home

A father looks after his children playing in the living room as he works from home.

Advancement in technology encourages American workers to become more flexible in where and how they work. While a large percentage of jobs, like your trusted electrical technicians, still require hands-on, in-person work, internet connectivity allows information to be transferred in an instant, giving anyone with a computer the capability to work away from the office.

According to FlexJobs analysis, between 2005 and 2017, there was a 159% increase in remote work. In 2020, 4.7 million U.S. workers take to their daily job tasks remotely. The swing in remote work isn’t surprising. There are several benefits to working remotely. Some of these benefits include:

  • Greater flexibility: Whenever you work at home, you get to decide what hours you work.
  • Fewer distractions: Working from home can be a place for you to put your head down and get work done without workplace distractions. However, some people accomplish more when they can engage with others. Knowing how you work is key to productive remote work.
  • Convenience: Whenever you don’t have to commute, you can spend that time on other endeavors at home.

However, when you work at home, you are responsible for the electric bill of your home office. Don’t let high energy costs take away from your workflow; check out some of our tips on how to save electricity when working from home.

How to Save Electricity at Home

  1. Make sure to set all of your electronics to their most energy-efficient modes. Most phones, computers and other smart electronics have an energy-saving mode. These settings may include dimming the screen of your device or going into sleep mode after a short period of inactivity.
  1. Use natural light. If you only need your laptop to work, sit by a window or in a sunroom with a lot of natural light. Sunlight can reduce the need for overhead lighting and boost productivity. One study from Cornell University showed an 84 percent reduction in eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision from employees who worked in a daylit office.
  1. Use a power strip or smart power strip to manage electricity use. A good power strip is a simple, cheap way to manage the electricity used by your electronics. Whenever you finish for the day, you can flip the switch to ensure your devices aren’t draining phantom energy. If you want to step up your game, use a smart power strip, which uses advanced circuitry to continually monitor and adjust the amount of power flowing from each outlet.
  1. Install energy-efficient lightbulbs. If your home isn’t already equipped with energy-efficient lightbulbs, working from home is a great excuse to upgrade. They use a fraction of the power that incandescent light bulbs do while still producing high-quality illumination.
  1. Make sure your home has regular electrical maintenance. While regular residential electrical maintenance is always a good idea, it can make a positive difference in your electrical bill and energy efficiency when you work from home.

Looking for more advice on residential and business electric repair and electricity savings, check out the Complete Electrical Solutions blog today. To get in touch with an experienced electrician, contact Complete Electrical Solutions today.