Five tips to help cut carbon emissions whilst homeworking

The World’s eyes have been firmly set on COP26 in Glasgow over the last week or so. However, away from Glasgow and the gaze of the World, there are things that hybrid workers and indeed out and out homeworkers can do to help cut their carbon emissions whilst working at home. Here are five tips to help you cut your carbon emissions whilst homeworking.

  1. Ditch your printer – If you need to have a printer and you want to be green, it’s essential to not only recycle your used cartridges, but also, to buy remanufactured cartridges. They’re refilled and resold for a far lower price than OEM cartridges, making them not only a better financial choice, but a better environmental one as well.


  1. Phantom power is the energy that your home’s devices or appliances draw when they remain plugged but are not being used. This energy can account for up to 10% of your home’s energy use. Once electronics have reached a 100% charge, unplug your device.


  1. Turn the thermostat a couple of degrees lower. This alone is enough to decrease your home’s carbon emissions and heating bills. Choose a home office space that gets a lot of natural light.


  1. Eliminate all the waste you can: Using washable rags instead of paper towels; Putting up a whiteboard in your office and ditching sticky notes; Buying recycled printer paper; Printing double-sided; Going digital instead of printing as often as possible; Never use bottled water or disposable cups; Eliminating packaged snacks in favour of bulk items, fruit, and other minimally packed foods; Recycling everything you can; and composting organic waste.


  1. Reducing your computer monitor brightness from 100% to 70% can save up to 20% of the energy the monitor uses.


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