Telecom: How to reduce energy consumption to stay home all day?

With the advancement of the omicron variant and its rapid expansion and impact, many companies have chosen to recover, in this winter of 2022, working from home.

If the start-up of covid-19 companies forced the implementation of telecommunications programs, after almost two years of the pandemic, it has been proven that this modality, which had little presence in Spain before 2020, is an option that You can benefit to both parties.

From the first year of the pandemic to today, however, there has been a factor that has changed significantly, affecting all users:.

For this reason, the resumption of telecommunications is now a headache for many domestic economies.

We present below some simple strategies so that this type of work is still beneficial to workers, without increasing the cost of their energy bills.

How to save while teleporting?

All telework involves energy consumption. Therefore, during the working day, priority will be given to reducing consumption in the rest of the appliances in the home.

Programmable or timed plugs, wireless or Wi-Fi thermostats and home automation applications can help reduce the consumption of household appliances and only consume what is needed for work.

Plan the workday and maintain the routine

The main aspect is to know that telecommuting also has a schedule. Any expansion of it will lead to an increase in the electricity and heating bill. Therefore, it is necessary to try to perform the working day in the allotted time.

Being strict with this will allow you to gain productivity and make the most of your working hours. In addition, since there is no commuting to work, the available free time is optimized and increased.

By following the same schedule used to go to work, including the breakfast routine, personal hygiene and clothing, the biorhythm keeps active and adjusts the body temperature to the usual routine.

Energy consumption while working from home

It is important to note that electricity consumption during working hours at home is added to daily consumption. For this reason, it is very important to be strict and rigorous in this aspect as well as in the schedules and equipment that will be used.

Try to ensure that computers, chargers, tablets, cell phones, etc., are completely disconnected when you are not working to avoid ghost consumption.

It is also advisable to make rational use of lighting by LED goose necks or table lamps, if it is not necessary to have the general lights on during the day. Only the necessary lights that are going to be used should be turned on.

Equipment must be switched off when it is no longer in use.
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Make use of daylight

At the temperature level, one of the most effective tips is to make the most of natural lighting and solar radiation. Despite how cold it can be outside, sunlight always generates heat in facades and walls.

Try to have as much natural light as possible in the work area to reduce electricity consumption and take advantage of latent heat. Protecting the windows with weather syrup, blinds and curtains prevents the loss of heat generated by the heating in those rooms that are not going to be used and where there is no sunlight.

If you need artificial lighting, LED technology is the most efficient and is also easily programmable from various applications.

Better, energy efficient devices

As far as possible, try to use devices with high energy efficiency (A +++). Although its cost is usually higher, it is an interesting investment if the teleworking time is going to be extended over time.

Both in lighting and in the operation of equipment, it is necessary to try to switch off all electronic devices when not in use or at the end of the working day. Chargers plug and hold stand by electronic equipment and small appliances can consume for many hours without realizing it.

Investing in efficient devices helps reduce the bill.
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Homework, in off-peak hours

The activities need to be adjusted to the billing and consumption bands. Whether you have a fixed rate for electricity and gas or not, it is best to analyze your consumption habits to make the adjustments that allow you to consume energy at the best rate times.

When you are at home, you can schedule the best times for cooking and cleaning. By planning meals, you can rationalize the use of devices and thus prevent the bill from skyrocketing.

Keep the temperature at home

Reducing heating consumption is the most important thing to maintain a comfortable and stable temperature. Programmable thermostats (in the case of gas) or time plugs (for electrical equipment) can be used for this.

In winter it is advisable to keep the heating between 21ºC and 23ºC. If you must ventilate, when done, there should be no temperature difference of more than 10ºC with respect to the control temperature of the thermostat. In addition, a sudden change in temperature can cause health problems. It is advisable to never be below 14-15ºC.

You need to program the heating so that the ignition is efficient. For example, ventilate the house slightly for 15-20 minutes and then program the heating to the comfort temperature.

If you are going to be hot during the day and only use one or two rooms, you can optimize consumption by turning on the heating only when and where it is needed.

Ideally, the room temperature should be around 21 ° C.
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Choose the invoice that best suits your needs

Choosing the rates that best suit the workday, the activities and above all the necessary power, contributes to energy savings.

To calculate the required power, simply add the consumption of the appliances you have at home.

Once this information is obtained (and if there is a difference with the current contracted consumption / power), the power company should be asked to reduce or increase the power according to the time slot. This will help adjust the consumption on the account.

The correct rate will help save money.

Once again, the pandemic restores remote work during the winter. For this reason, it is advisable to apply these tips to save energy while telecommuting and thus prevent energy bills from skyrocketing.

Javier Martinez Moronta, University Professor at UNIR. BIM architect. Specializing in Energy Efficiency, UNIR – La Rioja International University

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