WHETHER YOU USE YOUR HOME OFFICE for your job, for school or just a place to pay bills, make sure it’s energy efficient.

It’s tempting to leave your computer on all the time for quick access, but it’s best to shut it down overnight. Like burning a light in an empty room, an idle— but on—computer wastes energy.

Enable your computer’s power management features. These are the features that automatically put your computer into an efficient standby mode when it’s not in use for brief periods.

Shut off printers, copiers, scanners, and other devices when you leave your home office. If you plug them into one power strip, you can turn them off with the flick of a single switch. Some power strips now come with timers that you can set to automatically turn equipment off each evening.

Light your office with LED bulbs, which use less energy and last for years.

Buying new home office equipment? Look for the Energy Star label on computers, printers, copiers, and fax machines. Energy Star appliances use less energy.

Work more energy efficient:

  1. Position your desk near a window for natural light and turn your interior lights off.
  2. During warmer months, use a small desk or floor fan to keep you cooler and set your thermostat to 78 degrees.
  3. During the colder months, dress in layers and keep your thermostat setting lower.
  4. Use warmer-colored LEDs to create a more relaxing and warm-feeling work environment.


Save on your Electric bill and Request our Farmers EC Home Energy Efficiency Guide in the Efficiency hub.