10 easy low- and no-cost tips to cut your work-at-home electric use


1.      When your phone and other electronic devices are charged, unplug the chargers. It may be more convenient to leave the cords plugged into the outlet, but many chargers use energy even when they aren’t connected to a device. 

2.      Remember what your parents said when you were growing up: Turn off the lights when you leave the room.

3.      Let the sun shine in!  If there’s enough sunlight for the room, open the blinds and turn off lamps and lights.

4.      Check your HVAC system air filters and replace them if they are dirty. Clean filters use less energy and reduce the strain on your system, saving money and prolonging the life of your system.

5.      When your heat or a/c is running, be sure windows aren’t open.

6.      If you have older light bulbs, switch to LEDs.  The cost has come down dramatically and they use a lot less energy (and last longer than older bulbs).

7.      Use a power strip.  Be sure to switch it off to stop power flow when you’re away.

8.      Unplug your printer and smaller appliances when they’re not being used.

9.      Using your computer’s sleep mode or power management features can save you enough each year to buy a dozen Starbucks coffees!  If you won’t be using your computer for more than a couple hours, energy.gov recommends turning it off.

10.   When you need to replace office equipment such as computers, monitors and printers, purchase ENERGY STAR® certified equipment. They use less energy to perform regular tasks, and when not in use, they automatically go into a power saving mode.