The world is experiencing one of the worst catastrophes in human history. The COVID-19 virus has forced people to confine themselves at their homes. Many companies and self-employed people have had to stop their activities and others have been forced to implement teleworking for their employees.
The growing environmental awareness and sensitivity has made people acquire new habits at home, but what happens when your home becomes the office?
Working at home also means you spend a lot of energy on lighting, heating or air conditioning, electronic equipment and many other resources needed to run the office.
New research has disproved the theory that teleworking can help the environment. The study concludes that if each remote worker keeps the heating on, going to a single office building ends up having less impact.
On the other hand, there are several investigations that have proven that teleworking has a positive impact on the environment because it also avoids transport congestion, especially in major cities, which leads to a decrease in emissions of toxic gases and CO2, among other pollutants and that affect climate change.
So, how to achieve energy efficiency in times of teleworking?
The first thing that can be done to reduce the monthly expenditure is to regulate the room temperature to 20ºC in winter and to 26ºC in the summer season which is more than enough.
Another measure that we can adopt is to change the light bulbs in the house for low consumption ones or LED, in the long run it will be positively reflected in the light bill.
Light and natural light
Make the most of natural light by raising the blinds, drawing the curtains and choosing light colours for the walls, so that we can benefit from what the Planet has to offer naturally.
Smart Houses: technology as an ally
Smart homes are synonymous with monitoring. That means it helps you know when and where your energy is being spent.
If you have devices with a certain autonomy, it is best not to have them always connected. Once the battery is charged, it is best to disconnect them and keep working until you need to charge them again.
If you don’t use it, turn it off
In most homes and offices, extension cords and plugs are used to connect various devices to the power grid. Once we have finished our activity we must turn off the main switch, that way we do not consume energy unnecessarily.
Renewable energy sources
It is vital to use and make the most of renewable energy sources such as solar panels or efficient heating systems, for example, underfloor heating; and to provide the home with recycling systems.
There is a way to be sustainable for each activity we carry out, so, in addition to implementing sustainability in teleworking, we encourage you to do it in your life with these 7 ways to reduce your carbon footprint.