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Room-by-Room Savings: Home Office

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homeowners typically spend about $2,000 every year on their energy bills. We’ve put together a series of posts that will show you how to save energy in your home, room-by-room.  Today, we’re providing you with tips to help make your home office more energy efficient. From purchasing an ENERGY STAR certified computer, to turning on the power management settings, we have you covered. And to continue learning about energy-saving tips in the rest of your home, take a look at the room-by-room series.

Home Office Electronics: Look for the ENERGY STAR when purchasing home office equipment.

  • An ENERGY STAR certified computer can use up to 60% less energy than standard computers, depending on usage.
  • Did you know that ENERGY STAR certifies imaging equipment, like printers, copiers, scanners, and multi-function devices? These products are on average up to 30% more efficient than non-certified equipment.

Power management settings: Don’t spend money powering electronics you aren’t using.

  • Be sure to implement the power management settings on your home computer. On an ENERGY STAR certified computer, this easy step will save you up to $35 per year.
  • Power down electronics when you’re done with work, and plug your devices into a smart power strip. The strip detects when electronics are no longer in use, and shuts them off to save you on standby power costs.

Lighting: Set up the perfect, energy-efficient lighting for your work space.

  • Office lighting can affect your productivity, so make sure to customize the lighting to your preference. You can choose the color temperature, ranging from warm to cool, and the brightness. Find your perfect bulb here, in our Choose a Light Guide. If you need inspiration, check out this home office lighting makeover by blogger At Home with Nikki.
  • Make sure you choose ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs—a single bulb that has earned the ENERGY STAR can save over $55 in its lifetime, and can last over 12 years.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room, and rely on natural daylight when sufficient to further reduce utility costs.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts with tips and resources on how to save energy (and money!) in other areas of your home.

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