woman-thermostatWhen you’re in the position of running your own home-based business, in many ways that is an empowering position to be in. After all, you’re putting a lot of your knowledge and skills into building something for yourself and your family and that’s always a good thing.

Of course, this also means that you are the person who is responsible for the business expenses as well, including your energy bills. That’s why we wanted to provide you with a list of five easy and effective ways to conserve more energy as you work throughout the day. At home.

Open up the windows. There’s absolutely no telling how much money is wasted on a monthly basis simply because we keep the lights on for hours on end. If you are working during the day time, make sure to open up your blinds or window shades. Natural light will not only lower your electricity bill but it’s also a good way to get some extra Vitamin D too.

Get some compact fluorescent light bulbs. If you have to go into your office during the evening or nighttime hours, try and make sure that your overhead lighting as well as your lamps have compact fluorescent light bulbs installed. Not only do they use about 30-40 percent less electricity but they tend to last about twice as long as standard light bulbs.

Also get a programmable thermostat. Most people who work from home spend a significant amount of time running errands throughout the day. When you’re gone from the house, you don’t need the air to run as much as when you’re there. One way to regulate this is by having a programmable thermostat. That way, you can set it to a temperature that will keep the house comfortable both when you’re home and when you’re away. A good tip to keep in mind is that if you set it to around 75 degrees, your house can remain cool without overworking your HVAC unit in the process.

Turn on the ceiling fan. If you don’t have a ceiling fan in your home office, we definitely recommend that you add one. That’s because it is an easy way to keep the room cooler during the summer and even warmer during the winter. By turning it on during the warmer days, it helps to circulate the cool air. When it’s cold outside, by turning it counterclockwise, you push the warm air closer to where you’re sitting.

Unplug what you’re not using. You can oftentimes go to electricity company websites for tips on how to conserve energy. For instance, if you went to one like www.BusinessElectricity.co.uk for some ideas on how to save energy (and money), one of the things they might tell you is to unplug whatever doesn’t need electricity at the end of the day. So, once you’re done working, try and remember to unplug your computer, your printer and also your lamps. If you do this consistently enough, you will see the reflection of your efforts on your utility bills in just a matter of months.

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