Saving energy in the (home) office

Especially in the current situation it is important to think about saving electricity in the office, but also in the home office. The following measures can help to reduce electricity costs.

1. Avoid the sleep mode

After working in the home office, it often seems easier to just put the computer into sleep mode. However, even devices in sleep mode consume electricity. Just shut down your laptop or computer completely when you’re done working. Don’t forget to turn off your monitor.

2. Heating and light

We often forget to close the windows or turn off the heating in the office or home office. Therefore, as a reminder: the heating should only be on when it is cold and someone is in the room. The doors and windows should then be closed so that the heat doesn’t escape. The situation is similar with the light: You only need that, too, when someone is there and it’s dark.

3. Provide the right light

People work most productively in daylight. In a home office, you have a say in how you choose your workspace. It should be as bright as possible, preferably near a window, so you can enjoy the daylight. At the same time, you save electricity if you can do without electric lights. During the dark hours of the day and in the evening, when you can’t do without electric light, you should switch to LED lights and replace incandescent and halogen lamps.

4. Screen at the workplace

Even about 25 percent darker means about 15 percent less electricity without loss of comfort. So always adjust the brightness of the screen to the ambient light. But you can also save power and energy by checking the screen’s factory settings. Among other things, you can turn on the device’s energy-saving mode. You can also turn off the screen saver to save energy and power here.

5. Print less

In many offices there is too much and often unnecessary printing. If you want to save energy, electricity and paper, change old habits and only print something when it is really necessary. The production of one kilo of copy paper consumes about 50 liters of water and 5 kilowatt hours of electricity. Recycled paper saves 50% of the energy and 77% of the water.