With all the difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it, working from home for the first time was not one of them for me.
Now that I’ve been home for almost three years, I can safely say I am never going back!
A home office is an eco-friendly benefit in itself since there is no gas spent on a commute. Instead, my husband and I do “fake commutes” to walk around the neighborhood and get some exercise after dropping the kids off and before picking them up in the afternoon.
See below for more eco-friendly office tips!
Sustainable Home Office
There are several ways to make your home office more eco-friendly!
Reduce paper usage by using digital documents and printing double-sided when you must print.
Use energy-efficient appliances and equipment, and make sure to turn off lights and electronics when they’re not in use.
Clean Sans Chemicals
Use non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaning products.
Keep a recycling bin in your office. If you have paper or packaging waste, see if you can add it to your compost bin.
Open the Blinds During the Day
Use natural light and open windows instead of artificial light during the day.
Bring Nature Inside
Place a few green plants in your office to improve the room’s feng shui. No evidence exists that plants improve air quality inside a home; however, they may help reduce stress.
Keep Face-to-Face Meetings Online
Encourage telecommuting and meetings via video conferencing to reduce travel.
Use a Smart Thermostat
Use a programmable thermostat to adjust temperature and energy usage during unoccupied hours.
Unplug When Possible
Unplug chargers and other electronics when you’re not using them. Use power strips to reduce standby power usage.
Choose Eco-Friendly Decor & Furniture
Many sustainable home decor and furniture brands on the market are committed to producing eco-friendly and ethically-made products.
Sustainable furniture and decor brands help slow climate change by minimizing thier carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.