Go “Green” in Your Home Office

Go "Green" in Your Home Office - PrimeLending, Your Mortgage Lender - Believe it or not, regardless of their size, home offices use more energy and consume more resources per square foot than any other room in the house. Whether you use a completely separate spare bedroom or a small corner in your master suite, turning your home office into a green space can help the environment and your wallet. Listed below are a few ideas you can use to make your home office a little more environmentally friendly. Believe it or not, regardless of their size, home offices use more energy and consume more resources per square foot than any other room in the house. Whether you use a completely separate spare bedroom or a small corner in your master suite, turning your home office into a green space can help the environment and your wallet. Listed below are a few ideas you can use to make your home office a little more environmentally friendly.

 
Purchase a second wastebasket for recyclables.

 
Limiting yourself to one wastebasket forces you to put everything in it. Paper, soda cans and batteries can all be recycled, yet we constantly find ourselves placing these items in our wastebasket
along with other trash. Therefore, purchasing another wastebasket will give you both a “trash” can and a “recycling” can.
Use “greener” supplies.

 
Little changes can go along way when it comes to the environment. Almost all stationary supply stores carry post-consumer content products. Post-consumer content products are items like paper, plastics and even paperclips that are made from recycled content. These products work just as well as the regular items and reduce the amount of garbage that goes into our landfills. Also remember that your ink jet and some laser printer cartridges can be refilled and reused rather than just tossed in the trash.

 
Opt for some rechargeable batteries.

 
Although more costly at first, rechargeable batteries can end up saving you time and money in the long run. If you absolutely refuse to buy rechargeable batteries, at least throw out your old batteries responsibly. Most large office stores will have an area near the main entrance where you can safely dispose of uncharged batteries.

 
Consider “Energy Star” equipment.

 
If the time has come for you to purchase a new computer or printer, consider selecting one with an “Energy Star” rating. Not only are these products far less harmful on the environment, but they are built to use substantially less power than other types which will end up saving you some money.
Dispose of your old electronic equipment responsibly.

 
If you purchase new equipment for your home office and your old equipment is still in good, working condition, consider donating it to charity so that someone else can get some use out of it. If the equipment is broken, check the Environmental Protection Agency website to find a location close to your home where you can responsibly recycle your old electronic equipment.

 
Cut back on your paper usage.

 
If you find yourself constantly printing out documents, consider switching your printer setting to the duplex printing option so you can print on both sides of a sheet of paper. Cutting back on your paper usage is yet another way to help the environment and your bank account.

 
Switch to electronic billing.

 
Another way to save paper is to switch from mailed paper bills to electronic paperless bills. Instead of receiving a bill in the mail every month, you will receive one in your inbox and pay online.

 
Use power economically.

 
If you find that your computer, printer and router are all plugged into the wall, consider plugging them all into a power bar with surge protection. Electronics that remain plugged into a wall outlet consume power 24 hours a day. However, if you plug them into a power bar you can easily flip the power switch after you shut your computer down for the day. This will not only save you time and money, but it keep your equipment safe from a power surge.

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