A year ago, the number of companies committed to teleworking in Catalonia was very low but the healthcare crisis has changed this reality. With lockdown, many companies introduced teleworking and it seems that it is a reality that has come to stay.
Working from home has many advantages: it is sustainable because it means less movement, it enables more flexibility and reduces the energy cost of companies. However, care must be taken so the reduction in company energy costs is not in detriment of the workers. Many people who work from home have seen an increase in their electricity bill. That is why we offer five tips to prevent that from happening.
Choose an area in your home where there is good natural light and organise your working hours to make the most of the daylight. This will stop you from having to turn on a light and you will save money in the bill.
Careful with standby consumption
If you leave electronic apparatus plugged in or on standby but not completely turned off, they continue consuming. To save energy we recommend completely turning them off and unplugging them when you finish working. It is also a good idea to unplug the laptop charger when it is not charging. This way you will avoid what is known as standby consumption.
Optimise the energy tariff
If your consumption patterns have changed with teleworking, it is possible that it will be worth your while asking for a tariff change. If you have any doubts, we can advise you at the Energy Advice Points.
More sustainable appliances
Energy efficiency is increasingly taken into account, that is why technological advances make household appliances consume less. If you need to update an electrical appliance, look at its efficiency level which is identified with this European labelling.
Your house lighting can also help you save energy and money. LED or energy-efficient light bulbs can help you save money in the long-term.
Watch the temperature
It is important to have the right temperature to work comfortably but, if you have heating or air conditioning at home, watch the thermostat temperature. If you put it on too high or too low, the energy consumption, and therefore the bill, will shoot up. Not exceeding 21-23ºC in winter and 24-25ºC in summer is recommended.