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Creating an environmentally friendly home office

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Creating an environmentally friendly home office

Every year, more and more people are working from home. This could be companies that are finding that they can save on office costs by having employees work from home either part of the time or full time, or it can be self-employed individuals with a home office.

For those who are more interested in lowering energy costs due to price rather than lowering their energy costs due to environmental concerns, you may find more information on the official UK government website which explains the deductions you can make with a home office.

Why do people work from home?

The internet has allowed for people to work from home at a much higher rate. There are careers that simply did not exist twenty years ago. For example, some people make a full-time income from blogging, others have a copywriting or graphic design business, and some even make a career from playing online poker (including one of our more interesting staff writers here at green home design!).

What do these diverse jobs have in common? They all have expenses. And they all have a home office that impacts the environment. So how do you make your home office environmentally friendly? We have the tips and knowledge you need.

1.       Start with environmentally friendly office equipment

Millions of tons of office furniture gets sent to the dump every year. One way to have the most environmentally friendly office equipment is to use repurposed office chairs, desks, and other equipment!

If you want brand new equipment, choose a company that makes sustainability a top priority. This can include not only the materials that the office furniture is made of, but the way that the company builds their furniture. Does their head office function in a sustainable manner? How is the equipment built?

Although you are looking for sustainable furniture, never let your comfort come second. As someone working from a home office, you might need to write 10,000 words before a deadline, be registered in a twelve-hour online poker tournament, or have a client who is hounding you for that new logo design. You need to focus on your own comfort and health first.

2.       Use energy efficient lighting

Even though you can deduct much of your energy costs from your taxes as a self-employed worker, you still have an ethical choice. Using energy efficient lighting is more affordable than ever in our green-conscious age.

3.     .Pat yourself on the back – you already helped the environment

We just want to take a second to thank you for being someone who works from home. The fact that you are not contributing to negative effects on the environment associated with commuting to work is incredible. Way to go!

4.       Environmental doesn’t just stop at where you sit

If you are like us at Green Home Design, there is always coffee going and constantly tea being brewed. By choosing sustainable, environmental choices such as organic products (fair trade is good for other reasons as well), you are helping make a better world.

5.    Turn it off when you’re on break!

Sometimes you need a ten-minute coffee break, or a longer lunch break. Turn off the lights when you leave the room! This seems so simply, but is so often forgotten. For longer breaks, save your work and make sure that your computer is completely off.

We hope that these 5 tips can help you make your home office more environmentally friendly. Whether you are an online customer support agent, an avid blogger or a poker tournament grinder, you can always make a difference in the world by making sure you are working from a place of sustainability.