Monique O'Grady: Working from home doesn't have to send your electricity bills into overtime. According to the census bureau over 13 million Americans are working from home or telecommuting at least one day a week. That saves energy by avoiding your usual commute. But it could put a strain on your home energy bills. That's why it's so important to have an energy efficient home office. And there are plenty of products available that make that task easy. Look for energy star labeled office equipments like computers, copiers, fax machines, monitors, scanners, printers, and cordless phones. Products with the label can provide dramatic energy savings as much as 90% for some of the office products. And plug your efficient equipment into power strips or surge protectors, then you have the ability to turn off all the devices at ones when they aren't in use. And want double for your money? Print double sided. Energy star qualified printers, copiers, and all in one units print on both sides so you can save energy and paper cost. Another bright home office idea change your light bulb whether it's a desk lamp or overhead using CFLs, LEDs and halogen incandescent bulbs can save you as much as 85% on energy. Plus, they last longer. So you won't have to change the bulbs in your office space for years. Remember on sunny days to use sunlight as much as possible and open those shades. No need to waste energy if you can use natural light.
So use these tips to enjoy working from comfort of your home without seeing uncomfortably high energy bills.