Create a Green Home Office

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A home office uses power and other consumables. Here are some tips to make your home office operations as green as possible:

Power usage

The warming and cooling measures you take apply to the whole house, even though you are occupying only a small part of it. Close off vents that lead to unused rooms.

Use shades to keep your office cooler so you don’t spend too much running your air conditioning.

Quality lighting

Use energy-efficient lighting in your home office area. Consider LED lighting which consumes less electricity or making use of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).

Use fewer lights, but make sure you get good quality lighting them.

Recycling

Don’t think paper only. Recycle old office equipment and furniture. Find an electronics recycler or a worthy cause for your old electronics and printer cartridges.

Buy second-hand items yourself if you can find what is suitable for you. Avoid plastic items as they are hard to recycle.

Paperless

Where you can, go paperless. Use a scanner to keep copies of documents and recycle the paper.

If you receive electronic documents, resist the urge to print them. Save them on your computer.