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Reduce Costs: Making Your Home Office Eco Friendly

Setting up an office at home can be beneficial for tax relief and keeping your business overheads down. However it can also have an impact on your household bills such as energy for heating and electricity. How can you lower the financial strain on your home whilst helping reduce your carbon footprint? It is possible. 

Eco and sustainability are the order of the day and taking the opportunity to pass some of the costs through your business not just from your personal savings, means you can increase your businesses eco rating and improve your home environment.

Seventy percent of the average household costs are put into heating your home. It stands to reason that if you are working from the house you will be using your heating even more and the impact will be seen on your annual bills. So looking at ways of reducing this hit is the best place to start. 

A massive 25% of your heat will be lost through the roof of your building. So get up there and insulate. Try and turn the heat down a bit. The minimum temperature advised for human households is 18 degrees. Lowering your thermostats could reduce your annual bill by as much as 40% over the year. 

The sun is a free source of heat, so setting your office up in a room with plenty of natural light and in the south of your home is the best way to maximise this free resource, however you could take this a step further by installing solar panels to your home. This generates energy from the sun and can help reduce your living costs. To learn how solar energy works do some research and see if you can apply this to your living space. 

Introducing an Eco wall or Living Wall to your home can be both aesthetically pleasing but also can help keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They also have a huge impact on urban areas, helping to reduce nasty pollutants and purifying the air we breath. Living walls can also be brought into the home adding a low level of insulation and a fantastic visual effect to help inspire you in your working zone.

The strain on your electricity bill will be another red zone. The solar panels can help with this however you can start being a little more savvy with your usage. Make sure you aren’t guilty of leaving lights on. Run your laptop off it’s battery reserve and use your handheld devices to connect to the radio or listen to music. Try and prepare your lunch the night before and stick to salads or sandwiches which don’t need to be reheated. Keeping to the routines you had in the office can help save you money on energy usage. 

Get advice from your tax advisor on any relief you can get from having a home office or increasing your production of energy and lowering your impact on the environment. There are lots of schemes to take advantage of you just need to find them

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