Work From Home? How Your At-Home Office Impacts Your Carbon Footprint

Have you noticed that the stereotypical “nine-to-five” workday is becoming increasingly rare?

Chances are, you have a few friends or acquaintances who telecommute or work from home. Due to the Internet, technological advances, and increased methods of wireless communication, telecommuting is fast becoming the way of the future.

So, just how bad is telecommuting for the environment’s carbon footprint? Fortunately, “work from home” situations are some of the greenest: much more carbon neutral than those that require a traditional commute via car, public transportation, etc. Find our top tips for a green home workplace, below:

  1. If you’ll be setting up a home office, try to find a location or room that gets plenty of sunlight, so that you won’t need to rely on artificial lighting.  Not only does this practice reduce carbon emissions, a little sunlight can actually help improve your mood, energy, and health.
  2. If you must use artificial lighting, opt for energy efficient light bulbs, and be sure to turn off all lights when not in use.
  3. Consider purchasing sustainable furnishings – that’s right, you can now find “organic” desks, chairs, etc.
  4. Go paperless: As much as possible, use emails and other forms of paperless communication, instead of sending paper mail, invoices, etc. If you must print, utilize recycled paper and print on both sides.
  5. Lower the brightness on your mobile devices, laptops, tablets, and other electronics, and only charge them for the amount of time needed to replenish the (likely rechargeable) batteries. Keep your devices in power-saving mode so they “sleep” when you step away from your desk. Use power strips for multiple devices, and unplug when not in use.



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