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February 3

Working from Home Tips for Eco-Conscious Consumers

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With so many people working from home these days, there’s been debate as to whether this is better or worse for the environment. While our morning “commute” may now be down the stairs instead of across town, we’re now lacking that unanimous effort for a greener workplace when we’re by ourselves. That being said, it’s important that we remember to hold ourselves accountable. We can't start letting go of our eco-friendly efforts just because we’re not driving anywhere! So, here are some tips and tricks that we follow at Naveco to be more eco-conscious when working from home: 

Hit the Lights

Let's start out with the easiest working from home tip: turn off your lights! Unless you start working at midnight, there’s no reason to turn on a lamp when there’s so much beautiful sunlight coming through your window. At Naveco, we like to turn off our lights when we’re working during the day, and keep our blinds open. This does more than just lower our electricity bills; it also lets us reap the benefits of the sun by getting our daily vitamin D. Access to sunlight has been linked to improving mental health, which is another reason to embrace natural light.

Let's start out with the easiest working from home tip: turn off your lights! Unless you start working at midnight, there’s no reason to turn on a lamp when there’s so much beautiful sunlight coming through your window. At Naveco, we like to turn off our lights when we’re working during the day, and keep our blinds open. This does more than just lower our electricity bills; it also lets us reap the benefits of the sun by getting our daily vitamin D. Access to sunlight has been linked to improving mental health, which is another reason to embrace natural light.

With so many people working from home these days, there’s been debate as to whether this is better or worse for the environment. While our morning “commute” may now be down the stairs instead of across town, we’re now lacking that unanimous effort for a greener workplace when we’re by ourselves. That being said, it’s important that we remember to hold ourselves accountable. We can't start letting go of our eco-friendly efforts just because we’re not driving anywhere! So, here are some tips and tricks that we follow at Naveco to be more eco-conscious when working from home: 

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Save, Save, Save... Energy

We’ve all been there; your laptop is at 1%, so you leave it plugged in until you’re done using it. This keeps it at 100% for longer, but it’s not going to stop it from decreasing when you unplug it. When the team at Naveco is finished providing local businesses with free solar assessments, we turn our computers off, or put them in “sleep” mode. This saves battery, and also lets you move around without dragging a cord with you.

We’ve all been there; your laptop is at 1%, so you leave it plugged in until you’re done using it. This keeps it at 100% for longer, but it’s not going to stop it from decreasing when you unplug it. When the team at Naveco is finished providing local businesses with free solar assessments, we turn our computers off, or put them in “sleep” mode. This saves battery, and also lets you move around without dragging a cord with you.


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Turn Your Thermostat Down

We're not talking about freezing your toes while you work like in "A Christmas Carol," but how about turning your thermostat down three degrees? If you do this, you will save about 9 per cent of your energy cost and use. Grab a sweater and a warm cup of tea for while you work.

Hang Your Clothes to Dry

You would be surprised how much energy you save just by not using a drying machine. At Naveco, we know the importance of saving energy, so we like to do this whenever we can. You can hang larger items, like towels and sweatpants, on a clothes line, or even around your house. This will do wonders for your electricity bill AND the environment. The fresh air will also bring a pleasant scent to your clothes, so there’s no need for a scented dryer sheet.

Meal Prep, But Make it Easy

So, you bought groceries. You have a kitchen stocked with produce and ingredients, but you just can’t be bothered to cook. Now, we're not saying that you should never order takeout, we're just saying do it less often.

People struggle with this even when working from an office because the thought of meal prepping can be awful if you don’t enjoy cooking. However, a tip many of us at Naveco like to use is to have certain foods prepped in the fridge. This doesn't have to be a 5-star meal; you can cook things like rice, potatoes, or other staples. These normally take longer to cook anyway, so when you go to make dinner, it won’t take as long to make it!

If you want to make it easier on yourself, cook a large batch of food - or multiple meals - so you can have leftovers for days.

So, you bought groceries. You have a kitchen stocked with produce and ingredients, but you just can’t be bothered to cook. Now, we're not saying that you should never order takeout, we're just saying do it less often.

People struggle with this even when working from an office because the thought of meal prepping can be awful if you don’t enjoy cooking. However, a tip many of us at Naveco like to use is to have certain foods prepped in the fridge. This doesn't have to be a 5-star meal; you can cook things like rice, potatoes, or other staples. These normally take longer to cook anyway, so when you go to make dinner, it won’t take as long to make it!

If you want to make it easier on yourself, cook a large batch of food - or multiple meals - so you can have leftovers for days. 

You would be surprised how much energy you save just by not using a drying machine. At Naveco, we know the importance of saving energy, so we like to do this whenever we can. You can hang larger items, like towels and sweatpants, on a clothes line, or even around your house. This will do wonders for your electricity bill AND the environment. The fresh air will also bring a pleasant scent to your clothes, so there’s no need for a scented dryer sheet.

We're not talking about freezing your toes while you work like in "A Christmas Carol," but how about turning your thermostat down three degrees? If you do this, you will save about 9 per cent of your energy cost and use. Grab a sweater and a warm cup of tea for while you work.

Working from home? Save energy with these tips: 1) work by natural light; 2) don't leave your laptop plugged in once it's done charging; 3) turn your thermostat down; 4) hang clothes to dry; 5) Cook large batches of meals for leftovers

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So, let this be a reminder to you. Don’t let the state of the world right now weigh down your eco-friendly efforts. Now is the time to self-reflect on our thoughts and actions, and to re-evaluate how we do things. As you consider how large every source of stress feels right now, put your mind at ease when it comes to the size of your carbon footprint.

So, let this be a reminder to you. Don’t let the state of the world right now weigh down your eco-friendly efforts. Now is the time to self-reflect on our thoughts and actions, and to re-evaluate how we do things. As you consider how large every source of stress feels right now, put your mind at ease when it comes to the size of your carbon footprint.

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