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5 Ways To Green Your Home Office

Freelancers who work at home are providing the Earth a great service. They reduce the use of fuels and limit the amount of pollution produced by cars used for transportation. Nonetheless, there are numerous things freelancers can do to protect the planet. If you are working from home, here are ways to make your office more environmentally friendly:

Use Natural Flooring

Carpet requires a lot of energy and effort to keep clean so instead of having a carpet in your home office, go for natural tile, wood, or plain paint on the flooring. If you are using rugs, go for ones that are made of natural materials such as hemp or bamboo. 

Use Eco-Friendly Office Furniture

You may want to use reusable or recyclable furniture for your home office. If you are buying something new, see to it that it is made from sustainable materials such as those produced using fast-growing woods, as well as upholstered with organic fabrics and finished with non-toxic chemicals and paints.  Look for furniture made with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood.

Be Environment Conscious When You Use Paper And Print

Home offices use of lots of paper but you can reduce the impact of your paper usage by using paper only when you need it and using both sides of each sheet. It is also a good idea to put the used paper in the recycling bin when you dispose of it.

Reusing sheets of paper is easier when your printer is capable of duplex printing. If you’re buying a new printer, choose one that has power save mode and ink save mode.

Keep Your Air Clean And Fresh Without Using Chemicals

You can make your home office greener by bringing some plant indoors. Plants absorb toxins in the air and make a pretty sight in the room. Some examples of air-cleaning plants include the Garden Mum, Spider Plant, Dracaena, Ficus and Peace Lily.

Choose Green Lighting

Challenge yourself to reduce your electricity bill. Use natural light from the window as much as possible. You may also want to replace all your bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFL), which use less energy and produce less pollution compared with incandescent bulbs.

J.M. Mullen Electric will be happy to help you replace the energy-hogging lighting in your home office. Contact us today to find out other ways we can help you save energy and reduce your electricity bills.