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Tips for going greener while working from home

Make your own home office more energy efficient in six simple steps, with help from our Major Partner EnergyAustralia

Alice Nguyen
Communications Coordinator

Did you know the Opera House welcomes almost 11 million visitors underneath its soaring sails every year? There’s so much that goes into being a world class tourist attraction – from the bulbs that light up the concrete walls inside, to a building management system that monitors all our energy usage. But rest assured, sustainability is one of our top priorities.

And while right now we can’t welcome you on-site (you can stream an unmissable digital program straight into your living room), we’re all still doing our best at home to remain energy-efficient. We’ve asked our Environmental Sustainability Manager Emma Bombonato and Sydney Opera House Major Partner EnergyAustralia to share some tips on how you can ‘greenify’ your home office.

Beware of ‘vampire power’

Those appliances you leave on at the end of the day could be sucking up to 10% of your monthly power bill. Spooky! Shut down your PC at the end of your work day (and the monitor if you have a second screen) and you won’t need any garlic to ward off those extra costs.

Protect your home from the harsh elements

The sun is setting earlier and the nights are getting cooler. Guess that guy was right: winter is coming. Draught-proofing your home from the elements makes a huge difference and means you’re using less power to battle against them.

The ideal temperature for your home during winter is a balmy 23 degrees. Dig up that old door snake, then sit back and relax while it does all the work (just not your emails).

Use natural light

The end of daylight savings gave us two good things: that extra hour of sleep and sunset conveniently timed to match the end of your working day.

Setting up your home office near a window and maximising all that glorious natural light means you don’t need to use a lamp or extra lighting. Who knew getting vitamin D would be good for your power bill?

Upgrade your bulbs

Okay, so you've finished that 1000-piece puzzle and you've found Wally about 37 times. If you're searching for a new hobby and haven't quite put your DIY hat on yet, now's the perfect time to upgrade your light bulbs.

LED lights are up to 80% more efficient, as they consume less power (say watt?) and have a longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs.

Dress for the weather

It’s been a hoot getting away with dressing activewear and trackies while we’re all in meetings with our bosses. But do you have a heater keeping your feet warm and toasty?

Dressing for the weather isn’t revolutionary, but it can revolutionise your power usage. If the temperature outside has dropped but you’re still in a t-shirt and shorts, then it’s likely you’re cranking up the heat in your home way too high.

Only use the lights you need

Picture this: It’s 5:37pm. You’ve ticked off everything on your to-do list. You’re well and truly done with Zoom for the day. Perhaps you’re already in the kitchen, flicking through a cookbook and planning dinner.

But there’s a sliver of light peeking out from underneath the home office door. Turning off the lights in rooms you’re not using will take even less time than it took you to read this article.

Find out how you can also power your home with carbon neutral electricity at no additional cost with EnergyAustralia.

Bringing our stages to your sofa, our new digital program comes to you weekly from our House to yours. See the program.

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