More and more of us are working from home. But how can you make the switch without increasing how much you spend on monthly utility bills? If you’re about to launch a home-based business or you’re embracing flexible working arrangements, here are some tips to help you save.
Review your energy provider
Have you been with the same energy provider for as long as you can remember? If so, it’s time to make some calls and get online, and check that you’re getting the best deal. Many companies tend to offer their best prices to new customers as a means of competing against providers. As an existing client, you may be missing out on cheaper tariffs and incentives. Compare prices and plans online, and call your energy supplier and ask if there’s anything they can do to offer you a more attractive package. If you find better prices elsewhere, make the switch.
If you use the Internet or you make business calls, it’s also worth comparing prices for telephone and broadband packages.
Change your energy tariff
When you work in an office, a shop or on a building site, you probably leave your heating off during the hours you’re out. When you work from home, you don’t want to be freezing, so you’ll need some heat during the day. If you’re on a tariff that gives you cheaper rates at night, it may be a good idea to consider changing your plan to avoid paying more during the day.
If you haven’t had a furnace check in a long time or you’ve noticed odd noises or smells of late, it’s worth getting in touch with an engineer. If your system isn’t working properly, this can increase your bills significantly. Sometimes, if you’ve got an old system, which is prone to breaking down, it’s best to bite the bullet and replace the unit. You’ll end up paying a fortune in repairs, as well as having to cope with a temperamental system. If you’re thinking of investing in a new unit, look online for a heating installation company with good reviews.
Be more energy-conscious
At work, you may not even give energy usage a second thought. However, if you’re paying the bills, you may be a little more concerned about how much energy you’re using at any given time. Set yourself up in the office, and try not to work in other areas. Having a defined workspace will help you to concentrate and focus, as well as cutting your bills. If you stay in one room, you can adjust the temperature in that room, and keep the rest of the house cooler. You can also reduce spending by using energy-efficient light bulbs and smart technology like lights with sensors.
Working from home has many advantages, but you may find that your bills increase. When you’re using electricity all day and you’re trying to keep warm, it may have an impact on your monthly spending. Hopefully, these tips will help you to adapt to working at home without any worries about cost.