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Click on the tabs below for some advice and tips on how to reduce your energy use whilst working from home. Our energy advisors can provided free and impartial energy advice, tailored to suit your circumstances. If you’d like to speak to an advisor, call 01592 807 930 or an appointment book here.

 

Whilst you can’t always decide what equipment you use for work, if you can, opt for a laptop as it is more efficient to run than a desktop computer: you could save around £17 a year by making this change.

Tablets are even cheaper to run than laptops.

You should also make sure any equipment you use is switched off when not in use, rather than leaving it on standby.

 

 

If you can, work in an area where you can benefit from natural light.

Check your light bulbs are LEDs, as these can save you around £40 a year compared to using standard bulbs.

Remember to switch off lights when you leave the room, too.

Take a look at our video below for some more advice on switching to LEDS.


 

From laptops to TVs, phone chargers to radios, many appliances around the home will consume energy if left plugged in, even if you’re not using them.

You could save around £30 a year by making sure everything is switched off when not in use.

Did you know your phone and laptop charger will still use some power even if the device isn’t plugged in and charging?

Take a look at our video below for advice on standby saving.


 

An ideal temperature for living spaces in use is 18°C – 21°C. This means, if you’re working from home, you’re probably using your heating more.

Wrapping up warm is a good way to reduce heating costs, but if you need to increase the heat in the room you are working in, effective use of your central heating is more cost effective than a plug-in electric room heater.

You don’t need to heat your whole home to the same temperature, and if you are only occupying one room, you could turn your thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) down lower in unoccupied rooms.

Our Staying warm during lockdown blog has lots of great advice applicable to those working from home.

For advice on how to use your TRVs take a look at our video below.

If you find it difficult to heat your home to a sufficient temperature, your home might benefit from additional insulation. For more advice on improving the energy efficiency of your home, speak to one of our advisors.


 

The kettle is one of the most used appliances in the kitchen and, if you’re working from home, you might find you are using it even more frequently.

To reduce its running costs, only fill your kettle with as much water as is needed.

You could also consider upgrading to an eco-kettle.

 

 

 

Working from home, might alter the way you make lunch. All of your kitchen appliances use energy, some more than others, and knowing which appliances are the most cost effective can help you reduce your energy usage.

Making a “packed lunch” can save you energy as a cooked meal uses more energy to prepare than something straight out of the cupboard or fridge.

Using a microwave or a toaster is a cheaper alternative to turning on the oven. Batch cooking your meals in advance, and reheating them when needed, will save energy, as well as preparation time, and could reduce your food costs and food waste, too.

Slow cookers are energy efficient alternatives to an oven and are suited to batch cooking. They have low running costs and cook food slowly throughout the day, allowing you to get on with work without watching over pots and pans.

 

A draughty home reduces your thermal comfort, making your rooms feel colder than they are. Draught proofing your home is an effective way to save energy, and the measures are often simple to install and something you can do yourself for very little cost. Draught proofing measures include using draught excluders, and fitting door brushes and sealing strips. This could save you £15 – £35 a year on your heating costs.

Adding draught proofing measures to windows, doors or floors involves blocking or sealing up unwanted gaps that let in uncontrolled air flow.

This is different from ventilation, which controls air flow to refresh the air within your home and prevent damp.

Take a look at our guide to draught-proofing for more advice.

 

Condensation results from of a build-up of moisture in the home and can cause a range of problems, including the growth of mould spores and damaging the fabric of your home.

Moisture in the air will condense into droplets of water when it comes into contact with cold surfaces such as windows and external walls. This is normal and is not an issue if the moisture is removed quickly through effective ventilation, such as opening trickle vents or turning on extractor fans. Even just opening the window for a few minutes can help.

Dealing with condensation can be complicated, so prevention is better than the cure. Limit the humidity in your home by closing doors when the bath or shower is on, and putting lids on saucepans when cooking, and ventilating these rooms when in use.

For further advice on dealing with condensation, take a look at our blog on this topic.

 

If you haven’t switched supplier in the last year, it’s likely you’re on your supplier’s standard tariff, which is usually their most expensive.

An energy price comparison can help you find a better deal, typically saving you £200 – £300 a year if you are on a standard tariff.

Your most recent energy bill will have details of your current tariff and your annual consumption.

For more advice on switching, take a look at some of our resources below.

Get Switched on Blog

Avoiding the energy price cap Blog

 

You may be able to claim tax relief for additional household costs if you have to work at home on a regular basis, either for all or part of the week. This includes if you have to work from home because of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

If eligible, you’ll get tax relief based on the rate at which you pay tax. For example, if you pay the 20% basic rate of tax and claim tax relief on £6 a week you would get £1.20 per week in tax relief.

You can find out more by visiting the UK Government website here.

 

 

Get support from Cosy Kingdom

Cosy Kingdom is a free and impartial energy advice service available to anyone living within Fife. Our advisors can provide practical tailored advice unique to your situation and home. We can advise on all the topics discussed above, and more.

You can get in touch by:

Calling us on 01592 807930

Texting “COSY” and your name to 88440

Emailing info@cosykingdom.org.uk

Using our online request form

 

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