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Working from home? Make it green

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If you work from home, it can feel like you're using up an awful lot of electricity. With the printer and computer hooked up, the phone constantly in use and the light on in your study, it's no wonder you're worrying about electricity prices and how they are going to affect your household.

However, there are ways that you can make sure your home business is more sustainable for the environment, and in turn, you can make it more sustainable for your bank balance as well! Both the Earth and your accountant will thank you for it.

Your home based business

Did you know that there are almost one million home-based businesses in Australia? These businesses could save a heap of money by becoming more energy efficient.

Here are some things to take into consideration when running your home business, with the aim of making it as efficient as possible.

First of all, think about how much energy all of your appliances take up. Is there any way you could do without some of these? For instance, if you have a printer and a scanner, perhaps when it's time to upgrade, opt for a printer with an inbuilt scanner function to save on having to plug both in.

When looking to buy any appliances, check out their energy rating and see how much electricity they use. Compare items, and while the most energy efficient model might be more expensive upfront, it will usually pay itself off with savings on your electricity bill.

It can be a good idea to go online and read about certain brands and products that have the best environmental and efficiency credentials.

You can even check out the standby consumption of certain products, that is how much electricity they use in 'standby' mode. Preferably, an item will use 1 watt or less while it's in standby.

When throwing away an electronic items, don't just chuck them out in the weekly rubbish. Take them to an e-waste disposal unit to save them from harmfully wasting away in the environment and filling the soil and water with toxins.

If you're smart about the kinds of appliances you use and always remember to turn them off at the wall, switch off your lights and not use electricity unnecessarily, then you're in the best position to reduce your power bill and reduce the cost of your home business. 

Posted by Matthew Cole