Working remotely has resulted in a number of adjustments for employees. One change that might be dipping into the wallets of workers is rising energy bills related to working from home. According to industry experts, households across the UK may be spending as much as an extra £52 million a week on energy.
When working from home, there are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce your energy use, and therefore your energy bills. Consider these solutions:
- Natural light—Take advantage of daytime hours, and open up your blinds and curtains in order to reduce your need for electric lighting. If your home workstation does not have ample options for natural light, consider moving it elsewhere.
- Heat—Consider setting the thermostat a bit lower. Generally a small difference will not be felt. If possible, think about using your heat as little as possible, and instead, take advantage of not having to adhere to a dress code by piling on extra layers.
- Appliances—There are a number of things that can be done differently when it comes to common household appliances. Consider using your dryer only when necessary and air-drying some clothes instead. When cooking, use lids to seal the heat inside pans or pots.
- Providers—Looking into other options is never a bad idea. Switching to a new energy tariff can result in savings of hundreds of pounds a year. Customers who have been with the same provider for a long time are more likely to be paying a higher rate.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.