3 Tips for Home Office Energy Conservation
Watch for heat or A/C leaks. Don't let your profits fly out of the window, or door! Plug home office energy “leaks” by weather-stripping between moving parts (doors and their frames) and caulking between nonmoving parts (window frames and walls). Insulate your home office properly – as well as your whole home. Those hot and humid Indian Hill summers are no joke.
Use efficient lighting. Electricity use obviously increases when you have lights on all day. And in warm weather, inefficient lighting can overheat your office, thus upping your cooling costs. Save money by installing compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and task lighting in your home office. CFLs burn cooler and use up to 75 percent less energy than either halogen or incandescent bulbs.
Use the sun. In the moderate Indian Hill winter let the sun help heat your home office by keeping blinds or drapes on sun-exposed windows open in the daytime. Retain heat overnight by closing the blinds after dark. In the summer, reduce cooling costs by drawing shades or blinds on sun-exposed windows and glass doors.
One More Tip!
Refinancing your Indian Hill mortgage? Consider wrapping into the loan the cost of adding on an energy-efficient home office or increasing the energy efficiency of your existing home office. The loan interest could be tax deductible.