Going green at home is usually the first step that many of us take in the green lifestyle. We can control our surroundings and we do not usually have to have clearance or approval to make small changes. If you work from home or if your family has a home office to handle the daily business of the household then going green in your home office can help keep the Eco-friendly lifestyle going throughout your daily life. There are five ways to green your home office that are easy, budget friendly and will create a greener space for you and your family.
Conserving energy not only helps the household budget but it helps in the home office. Imagine you are working and the power goes out. You may have to stop working for the day or stop writing your report for school. It interrupts everything you are doing. If you have solar power computer components, such as a solar wireless keyboards, and solar power backup options then your work does not have to stop. Look around the home office and make conservation choices that fit your needs. Start with what can be easily run on solar power and move from there.
Let’s face it. You can not switch everything in your home office to solar power, but you can switch to energy efficient items. Make the switch to Eco-Friendly light bulbs. Plug in all electronics to power strips and unplug those power strips when you are not using the office equipment. The power strip can regulate the energy being used and is easy to unplug when not in use. Unplugging the power strip reduces your energy bill and also reduces the use of energy when electronics are turned off.
It’s always good to have a printer on hand for documents that must be printed out and mailed or kept on file. However, if you can make the switch to a paperless printer and filing system this will save money on buying ink and paper and keep the waste down as well.
Switch to the Cloud
Cloud computing is one of the easiest ways to go green in your home office. It is a paperless way to keep track of receipts, word processing, bookkeeping, task lists and communication. Cloud options that you can consider for your home office are Zoho, Google Documents and paperless options with your bank.
Try to keep the air in the office as clean as possible. A popular method are air purifiers but opening a window during climate friendly times is a good option as well. Remember that fresh air is always an optimal choice for health and for fresh air in the home.
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