One in five Americans work from home, yet the home office rarely gets the same sustainability scrutiny it would in an office building setting. Whether you have a dedicated home office or a desk in the corner used to manage a business or the household finances, you can easily adopt many sustainable office initiatives practiced by Fortune 500 companies.
Choosing energy efficient solutions reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and it doesn't take much effort to see cost savings. Start by replacing older office equipment with more efficient EnergyStar rated models. Make it a habit to turn your power bar off at night. If possible, choose a work area with maximum natural light. In addition, you can use a task lamp versus illuminating the entire room and install EnergyStar certified LED light bulbs in all fixtures. LED light bulbs are 90% more efficient than incandescents and last approximately 11 years longer.
After you have picked the low hanging fruit, you are ready for a home energy management platform like the cloud-based Bidgely. Bidgely tells homeowners how much energy your appliances use and crafts personalized recommendations for ways to save.
For the uber green lifestyle, offset your household carbon footprint by purchasing carbon offsets through companies like Native Energy. Carbon offsets are a practical and effective way to address climate change and encourage the growth of renewable energy. Your purchase will help finance new carbon projects for sustainable communities. The annual cost for a two car household can be under $400.
These are just a few sustainable home office practices, but there are so many more! Stay tuned for tips on Materials, Waste and Purchasing home office products.
April Kohnen is a sales associate at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty where she specializes in the sale and purchase of exceptional San Diego properties. April is a member of the USGBC San Diego Chapter and volunteers on the Residential Green Building Committee. She first began participating in the USGBC in 2007 through the Orange County Chapter where she is a former Sponsorship Chair.
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