How to Make Your Home Office Green
Help your home-based business without harming the environment
By Kathryn Keep
Those who work from home are already helping the environment by not consuming fuel to commute to work every day, but home offices can also reduce waste and increase energy efficiency. With growing concern for the environment, people from all professions are going green. Save money and the environment by taking steps to make your home office a little greener.
- What You Need to Know
- Make sure that you make your office conducive to staying green once you start!
- Making recycling schedules and setting up automatic reorders of green products is a good start to "going green" in your workspace.
Change your light bulb. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use as much as 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. They are available in sizes to fit many lamps as well as overhead lights. Today's fluorescent bulbs provide white light rather than the yellow light typically associated with fluorescents.
Your computer uses a lot of energy, even when you're not using it. Plug your computer and everything attached to it into a power strip and turn the entire power strip off. Many people think that leaving a computer on standby or hibernate uses less power than turning it on or off. That's not true. Also, be aware that a laptop uses one-eighth the energy of a desktop.
Save paper by printing on both sides. Only print what you actually need. Write on used envelopes and scraps of paper instead of post-it notes. Complete the cycle of environmentally conscious paper consumption and recycling by buying recycled paper and paper products.
Keep a recycling bin or box at the ready. If all you have is a waste basket, everything from paper to used batteries will go in it. Separate your recyclables and schedule a stop at the nearest recycling center whenever you go out to run errands (Goodwill and most colleges have recycling programs). Dispose of batteries and electronics properly.
About the Author
Kathryn Keep is a regular contributor to DexKnows. She is an eco-consultant, with expertise in environmental issues, home decorating, green building, and general sustainable living.
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