Working from home impacts a number of areas of life with some being more obvious than others. With more people staying at home for longer periods than they normally do, energy bills are likely to go up with additional power needed to keep workflows going.
Where heating usage is inevitable, people can still reduce their costs by making small adjustments:
Be clever with your heating
Michael went on to highlight how taking small steps initially can pay real dividends in the long term: “Check the temperature your boiler is set to for hot water. Even decreasing it by 1°C could save up to 10 percent on your heating bill.
“So that you only get the heat you need, put the boiler on a timer.
“You can also set your thermostat so that the boiler will kick in if the house gets too cold.
“An acceptable indoor temperature for office workers is 20 degrees.
“It may sound obvious, but dress for the weather even if you’re indoors. Wearing long sleeves, socks and layers will help you keep in body heat – something that’s easily lost when sitting still.
“For a longer-term option, upgrade to an energy-efficient boiler (A-rated). This could save you around £300 a year.”
As people work from home more it may become difficult to separate work hours from one’s own spare time.
However, making the effort to be conscious of this can also be beneficial if people remember to take certain actions:
Switch off at the end of the day
It’s a notorious problem in the modern working world that staff never really switch off from their work commitments, as emails can be checked and updates can be made at any time.
Coronavirus has magnified this problem but learning to officially end a working day is crucial not only for people’s mental health but also their finances: “Working from home means more devices to be powered and charged.
“When you’re not using a device, switch them off fully. Chargers too. Even in sleep mode, devices use energy and lose charge. This simple change can save you £85 a year.
“Consider low energy modes on laptops and monitors. Economy modes help save energy by lowering the brightness and cutting back on performance, most of which aren’t usually needed day-to-day.”
Finally, the best option for people may be to simply look for better energy deals, as Michael concluded:
Find a better deal
“Work from home is here to stay, so revisit your energy plan.
“Many people settle for standard tariffs that are often the most expensive. Check you’re on the best available deal with your current supplier. If you are, and feel you’re still being overcharged, you can use a price comparison site to easily switch provider or use this as a bargaining chip to lower your current plan’s price. You could save £300 a year by doing so.
“You can also claim back a flat rate of £6 per week from the government if your employer has said you must work from home during the pandemic.“