10 easy ways to save energy while working from home

10 easy ways to save energy while working from home

How to make your home office more energy efficient

Here are 10 easy low- and no-cost tips for cutting your work-at-home electric use. If you have a smart meter, log in to duke-energy.com or the Duke Energy app to see how and when you’re using energy so you can make adjustments.

  1. When your phone or other electronic device is charged, unplug it. Many chargers use energy even when they aren’t connected to a device.
  2. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  3. If there’s enough sunlight for the room, open the blinds and turn off lamps and lights.
  4. Check your HVAC system air filters and replace them if they are dirty. Clean filters use less energy and reduce the strain on your system.
  5. When your heating or cooling system is running, close the windows.
  6. If you have older lightbulbs, switch to LEDs, which use a lot less energy.
  7. Use a power strip and switch it off to stop power flow when you’re away.
  8. Unplug your printer and appliances when they’re not being used.
  9. Using your computer’s sleep mode or power management features can save up to $50 a year. If your computer won’t be in use for more than two hours, energy.gov recommends turning it off.
  10. Buy ENERGY STAR® certified office equipment such as computers, monitors and printers. They use less energy to perform regular tasks, and when not in use, automatically enter a low-power mode.

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