As the UK continues through a third lockdown, many are starting to see the effects that isolation, remote working and home schooling is having on their energy bills.
In fact, as of November 2020, UK households have been on track to pay an additional £2bn in energy bills throughout the winter season through working from home. This equates to an increase of approximately £107 per household (Telegraph.co.uk).
Prior to the pandemic, stats showed that the UK wastes £4.4bn a year simply through leaving lights on, (Housebeautiful.com), with £9.5 billion a year on wasted predominantly through heat (energylivenews.com).
Progressing through lockdown and into 2021 and companies are looking to implement ongoing changes to working patterns. One in four UK workers are now looking to work from home permanently (Telegraph.co.uk), leaving many wondering how this will continue to affect living costs on an ongoing basis.
Big Energy Saving Week therefore couldn’t come at a better time, raising awareness to help people cut their energy bills and get financial support they are eligible for.
In support of helping our customers cut their workplace energy costs, we are recommending our top 5 energy saving products, suitable for both the home and office:
1. Battery powered smart tech
Battery powered accessories are the ideal way to boost productivity, whilst saving energy. OfficeTeam’s tech range has been hand-picked to support remote working, whilst reducing your electricity costs. Our Microsoft keyboard and mouse combo offers long lasting battery power management, whilst giving you the convenience of wireless technology.
2. Energy efficient display monitors
In a time when working from home is our new ‘normal,’ display monitors play one of the largest roles in helping us stay connected to our working role, our teams and business. Used daily and for long periods of time, monitors one source of energy we tend to leave on even after hours.
OfficeTeam’s Samsung LED Display Monitoroffers energy efficiency using reduced glare functionality and off mode power consumption features. Using 30% less plastic and recyclable packaging, this monitor is the ideal solution for the environmentally-conscious.
3. Smart Thermostats for heat management
Working from home during the colder months can increase your energy bills significantly. Smart thermostats help reduce your energy usage by controlling individual heating zones. Our Hive Active Heating Multi Zone Smart Thermostat allows you to control temperatures in different areas using your smartphone or tablet. Each zone includes a child lock, heating boost functionality for up to 6 hours, and 6 daily heating time slots.
4. SmartThings Water Leak Sensor
Did you know that the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year (epa.gov.uk). Reduce water damage and wastage at home with our Samsung SmartThings Water Leak Sensor. This battery powered moisture sensor detects potential water leaks and allows you to control and automate your water supply using your smart device.
5. Smart Plugs
Do you or your family constantly leave the lights on? How much more electricity are you using from working from home? With lights being the biggest usage of energy in our homes, our Amazon Smart Plug reduces electricity usage by scheduling lights and appliances to turn off and on automatically and remotely. Using Alexa you can control usage with voice, or the app on your smart device