3. Heat yourself before you heat the space around you
If you use a ducted heater to warm your home, you probably receive your largest energy bill at the end of winter. If dressing in warm clothing and regularly doing some simple exercises on the spot doesn’t bring you comfort, try draping an electric heated throw rug over your knees and keep warm for an energy cost of about five cents per hour.3
5. Be a masterchef
If you’re handy in the kitchen, you could try slow-cooking your dinner while you work. Slow-cookers are not only versatile; they use far less energy than standard ovens.
6. Choose a laptop
Laptops use as much as 80 percent less energy than desktop computers because they’re designed to be used without a power source.4 So choosing a laptop over a desktop could save you dollars. (And you can take it to have coffee too).
7. Heat the hub, not the whole house
If you’re using a heating or cooling system in your home office during the day, make sure you’re only heating or cooling the area you’re working in. Close doors, use curtains, blinds and draft stoppers to keep your office energy use contained to a single room if possible. The same rule applies to lighting – you only need to turn on lights in rooms you’re using.
8. Research tax breaks & rebates
Did you know you may be eligible to claim a percentage of your energy bill as a work expense? Other rebates may also be available to you, so do your research and know your entitlements. Read this Australian Government information on rebates.