Are you looking for ways to create a sustainable workspace from home? Since more and more people are working from home, it’s definitely something to think about. It may seem complicated, expensive, and possibly unattainable, but making sustainable choices is much easier than you think. Small changes can greatly improve our living space, why not extend that to our home office as well?
The electricity, papers, and devices that keep us connected impact both our wallets and our planet. By making a few simple swaps, adjusting the way we work, and investing in energy efficient upgrades, we can reduce the amount of power and money we’re using. Here are 5 simple ways you can create a more sustainable home office space.
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1) Location. When it comes to choosing where your home office will be located, it’s important to consider natural lighting. A room that gets plenty of natural light will reduce the amount of electricity used during the day. Natural lighting is great because it can benefit our overall mood and improve focus.
2) Energy-Efficient Lighting. For those of you who may have your home office facing away from natural light or tend to work throughout the night, consider switching to energy efficient lighting. The easiest and most efficient way is to switch to LED bulbs. According to Change for Climate, LED bulbs can emit the same amount of energy as an incandescent bulb using only a fraction of the energy. LED bulbs can be pricey, but by making the investment slowly, you are not only saving money on your energy bill in the long run, but you’re also making better choices for the planet.
3) Shop Second Hand. It can be tempting to replace a desk, chair, drawer, or printer, but have you considered selling and shopping second hand? Rather than sending lightly used furniture into the landfill, consider selling it online. With places like Facebook Marketing and Kijiji, you can receive money for your belongings and use that money to either invest in a new piece of furniture or find something on similar platforms. I’m always so inspired by how creative people can be with repurposing old furniture.
4) Reuse What You Can. Get creative and crafty by reusing and repurposing what you already have in your home to improve your workspace. For example, if you currently have an older desk that’s still functional but you don’t find it fits your current style, consider painting it. You’ll be surprised by how a can of paint and some new knobs can transform outdated furniture.
5) Replace What You Can. Make your home office more sustainable by making a few simple swaps. Our first previously mentioned example being energy efficient lighting. A few other examples include going digital vs. relying on physical papers whenever possible, replacing sticky notes with a white board, and shutting down and unplugging devices when they’re not in use.
I hope this post has inspired you to look at your workspace and find ways you can make small changes to make it more sustainable. Not only do these small changes help us save our money, but it positively impacts the environment as well. What are some changes you’ll implement? I’d love to hear your thoughts! For more eco-friendly related posts, visit my tag here.