8 tips for more sustainability in the home office
Global warming is a pretty hot thing that has serious consequences for our planet. The good news: We can still do it all together if each of us sets small levers in everyday life. You can also optimize your ecological footprint in your home office. After our 5 tips on what you can do to combat climate change , here is your sustainability guide for CO2-saving work at home:
1. Switch to green electricity
Little effort, great benefit: Those who use green electricity can save a lot of CO2 and support the production of “clean” electricity from sustainable energy sources. The switch takes less than ten minutes and can be completed online from the comfort of your own home. It's worth comparing, because there are already many green electricity providers who offer a cheaper price than the public utility company. We also recommend choosing providers who actively contribute to the energy transition and the phase-out of coal. It is best to find out about this before you switch.
If you still heat with gas, you can switch to a bio-gas supplier.
How can I switch?
The change is not rocket science. You can find out about the current tariffs by telephone, post or chat on the provider's homepage and complete your switch. All you need is your name, your address and the number of your electricity meter. Particularly practical: the new eco-provider takes care of terminating the old electricity provider for you. Don't worry, you won't suddenly be left in the dark during the change - your energy supply is guaranteed by law during this time.
So you can put your feet up and relax and optimize sustainability in your four walls with just a few clicks.
2. Save electricity
Not only Netflix draws electricity, but also working on the laptop and computer. More precisely, the use of the internet. This is usually unavoidable in the home office, but with a few hacks you can save a lot of CO2:
- Store files in one place and only for as long as you need them
- Always send files compressed and try to keep the number of emails and search queries low.
- Clean up email inboxes, cloud storage and project management tools like Asana and Co. on a regular basis. This is not only great for the environment but also for your focus :)
- Goodbye Google: Use Ecosia as the ecological standard search engine. All income suggested by search engines supports reforestation and is invested in climate projects.
- When video conferencing, turn off your image and stream low-resolution video whenever possible
3. (No) Cheers to stand-by mode
Our environment is not a fan of stand-by mode. This is because devices continue to consume electricity in this state. Turn off all devices (printers, laptops, computers, etc.) properly after use, or use power outlets that have auto-off switches. The state of charge of your devices is also crucial: keep it between 20%-80% to save CO2.
Of course, you don't have to rely on a campfire and candlelight for the lighting - even if it's romantic. Simply replacing your light bulbs makes a big difference, because you can save up to 80% electricity with energy-saving light bulbs and LEDs.
4. Heat smartly
Did you know that up to 75% of our energy needs and 60% of CO2 emissions in the home are caused by heating? You don't have to be cold, but even a few degrees less air temperature can make a big difference in terms of energy consumption.
So make sure you seal windows and doors well and insulate radiators – especially in old buildings. The ideal room temperature is between 20 and 22 degrees. In the bedroom it can be even less, then you can sleep better.
Keeping a cool head is not only helpful when working. Proper ventilation also protects the climate. It is therefore better to rely on short, regular shock ventilation instead of permanent tilt ventilation. It is sufficient if you open your window or balcony door completely for 5-10 minutes 3-4 times a day.
5. Separate waste properly
A large garbage can, in which everything ends up, saves space - but absolutely not sustainable. So it makes sense to update yourself again when it comes to waste separation, because that is also of great importance when it comes to saving CO2. Especially in the home office, there is waste that has to be disposed of separately.
Special regulations apply to electronic waste and other hazardous materials.
Electronic waste must never end up in the household waste, but must be disposed of properly in accordance with the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act "ElektroG". For example, you can dispose of the rubbish at regional recycling centers or return it to retailers. Because, like (almost) every online trade, they have to take back used electronics. Incidentally, electronics include everything that is operated with a power cable, batteries or a rechargeable battery. This electrical law also applies to (almost) every online trade.
In the case of large devices such as refrigerators, the dealer must then take them back if a correspondingly new device is purchased; small devices (smartphones, electric toothbrushes) can be taken back unconditionally.
Of course, it's even better if there's no e-waste in the first place. So always ask yourself whether you really need the device and how you can extend its lifespan if necessary.
Even empty printer cartridges do not belong in the residual waste. For example, you can send them to Superpatronen free of charge, which will take care of environmentally friendly recycling by reprocessing the cartridges. There you can also get refill cartridges for your printer directly, which are sent sustainably with green airbags made of biodegradable film.
6. Think before print
Also, printing is not very environmentally friendly. With a few environmentally conscious tricks, however, CO2 can also be saved here. Did you know that recycled paper comes in four degrees of whiteness (60, 70, 80, 100)? The higher the degree of whiteness, the higher the environmental impact.
Instead of conventional printer paper, it is best to use recycled paper with the "Blue Angel" eco-label. You can find it in the online shop and stationery store.
It is a well-known fact that two are better than one. So for the sake of the environment, please use double-sided printing or print several pages on one sheet - ideally in shades of gray instead of motley. For larger print jobs, it is advisable to leave the job to the environmental printer.
If a print goes wrong, you don't have to throw away the misprint immediately. Just use it as note paper.
7. Sustainable office equipment:
When it comes to equipment at the workplace, the motto is: use environmentally friendly utensils and avoid disposable products. For example, there are water-based pens and glue instead of solvents, PVC-free erasers made from natural rubber, desk pads without plasticizers, or scissors with handles made from recycled material. Just browse through the shop and find the right alternative for you.
Our tastiest tip: snacking sustainably
Whether it's an afternoon slump or a meeting marathon: With our snack you can simply snack better . Not only do they provide you with good, sustainable energy, they are also really good for your conscience and the environment. Every product, from the nucao chocolate bar to our numove protein bar to the fitness shake , is incomparably delicious, vegan, organic and plastic-free in packaging. In addition, every snack supports the reforestation of our forests.
You can either dispose of the environmentally friendly film in the compost or in the residual waste bin - please not in the organic waste. 🙂
Start today with sustainability management and get delicious snacks for your home office:
Climate-friendly & delicious: Snacks for the office