The ABC of Smart Living When You’re WFH

Jan 19, 2021 8:15 AM ET

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Millions of us are working from home (WFH) because of the pandemic. But as we switch from offices to living rooms and home offices, there are ways to make the experience better and to save energy while you’re at it. Here are some seven great ways to make your WFH experience smarter and greener.

1. Make it cosy, not costly

Indoor heating, ventilation and air-conditioning can rack up quite a bill. To reduce energy consumption, open your blinds and curtains to let the sun heat up your working area in winter and cool your room with air circulators in summer. They are cheaper and easier to maintain than most air conditioners. Clean air filters and ducts regularly to keep the appliance efficient.

2. Give your battery a rest

Most people work from a laptop at home. An energy-efficient way to work is to run your laptop on its battery rather than keep it plugged in for hours, as the heat produced by overcharging may damage the battery. Switching to energy-saving mode and turning off your laptop when you’ve finished your work also helps.

3. Make your smartphone smarter

With emails, messages and chats to keep up with, it’s almost impossible to keep your phone off. To minimise battery consumption, however, switch off functions like Bluetooth when they are not in use. Closing unused apps and lowering the screen brightness also saves energy. When you must recharge your phone, use the USB port of your laptop rather than a separate power source...

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