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How to Make Your Home Office Green



By Murray Anderson, eHow Expert in Home Repair

Whether your home office is a separate room with a desk, door and lots of equipment--or merely an area in your bedroom or kitchen--it can eat up lots more energy and resources than any other place in your home. If you want to cut back on your home office's environmental footprint--here are some ways you can accomplish this.

Instructions

Step1
Keep a separate basket for recyclable paper. It's amazing how much other "garbage" you can accumulate in a home office, and if you only have one waste paper basket, it will become the place where any garbage, old batteries, plastic wrap as well as paper will end up before going to the landfill. Batteries should be recycled at the appropriate locations, not thrown in the garbage and paper and post-it notes can easily be recycled if kept separate.

Step2
Cut down on the amount of paper you use in your office by minimizing the amount of printing you do. Consider if you really need to print out emails or draft versions of documents you are working on.

Step3
Use the duplex printing option on your printer to use both sides of a sheet of paper. Today, even low-cost ink jet printers can print on both sides of a sheet of paper.

Step4
Keep documents and paper mail you receive and use the back side as quick note pads or scratch paper. Even envelopes can be used to jot down a quick note to yourself.

Step5
Buy eco-friendly supplies. Large office supply stores are quite eco-conscious and have all kinds of basic supplies made from recycled materials. Recycled printer paper, file folders, ink cartridges and even paper clips are all readily available.

Step6
Think about how you use the equipment in your office. Computers, modems and printers don't need to be left on 24 hours a day. Turn them off at the end of your workday and you'll save all kinds of energy over the course of a month.

Step7

Pondering a new computer? Consider getting a laptop rather than a desktop. You'll benefit from the extra convenience of being able to move it from place to place, and a laptop will use much less energy than a desktop model (some estimates indicate a laptop will actually use only about one-fourth the energy a desktop consumes). If you don't want to give up your large screen monitor, most new laptops can connect directly to an LCD monitor.

Step8
Educate yourself about electronic waste (e-waste). Anytime you change or upgrade a piece of office electronics, recycle it in a responsible way. Many of the components (particularly in older electronics) contain hazardous materials and shouldn't just be thrown into the trash. Many cities have electronic recycling locations where you can take your e-waste for responsible recycling

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Aaron said...

This is an excellent post. There are other simple things that can be done to conserve energy, like installing Programmable Thermostats that can adjust the temperature automatically for times when it is not needed, or installing a ceiling fan like I found from Fanimation Ceiling Fans or switching to a more energy efficient furnace filter like a Space Gard Furnace Filter . Just some ideas that might help the cause.

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