Being green when you are working from home can be a much easier task than when you work in an office, but what steps should you take to start?Before running out and buying all the latest and greatest gear on the market, you should start with the small simple steps such as:

1. Turn off any equipment that you are not using.

Some items use energy even when they seem to be off. If you switch them off at the wall when you aren’t using them, it guarantees that you will save energy.

Look around your house to see what appliances you could turn off or use more efficiently to save energy and money. Look for phone chargers, microwave ovens,  air conditioners, spare alarm clocks and cordless kettles.

2. Produce double-sided documents whenever possible.

If you need to print out anything, avoid printing just on one side. Use your printing mistakes, always keep the paper to be used for note taking, or for other test prints.

3. Find a supply of paper with maximum available recycled content.

4. Encourage communication to be via the internet.

Use communication tools such as Skype, Video Conferencing, TimeBridge Meetings, BaseCamp Project Collaboration and Screencasts for Twitter.

According to The Telepresence Revolution Report

adding a telepresence to their repertoire can mean U.S. and U.K. businesses “cut CO2 emissions by nearly 5.5 million metric tons in total…and achieve total economy-wide financial benefits of almost $19 billion, by 2020.”

5. Instigate an ongoing search for “greener” products and services in the local community. The further your supplies or service providers have to travel, the more energy will be used to get them to you.

 

What do you do in your home office to be more environmentally friendly? Slowly over time we are updating our old laptops for newer, greener systems but in the mean time we are making the most of what we have.

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