These days, more and more homeowners are making efforts to incorporate eco-friendly elements into their home’s design and decor. In fact, according to HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Survey, homeowners are spending nearly 60% more on home improvement projects in 2017 than in 2016. However, those with a designated home office often don’t quite know exactly how to achieve sustainability.
Here are a few simple ideas for creating and maintaining your own eco-friendly home office.
Make The Most Of Nature
About 80% of employees view the option to work remotely as a job perk. After all, working in an office setting often comes without access to natural light. For your home office, try to make the most of the natural light that comes through your windows. Don’t block them with computer equipment or furniture. For interior lighting, try to opt for LED bulbs as opposed to incandescent bulbs. By making these simple changes, not only will you be going green and saving money on energy bills, but you’re bound to notice an increase in productivity from the natural light alone.
Similarly, try to find a space for a few small plants in your office’s desk or windowsills. Yes, they produce oxygen, but they also offer a surprising number of health benefits!
“Plants cool by a process called transpiration, which, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, decreases air temperature in offices by 10 degrees,” explains Home Business Mag. “A recent study out of Washington State University demonstrates that plant transpiration in an office environment releases moisture, creating a humidity level exactly matching the recommended human comfort range of 30% to 60%.”
There are many refuse items in an office setting that most people don’t know can actually be recycled. Printer cartridges, for example, often end up getting thrown in the trash. However, throwing them away can be dangerous for the environment due to the possibility of chemical leakage. Instead, take your used printer cartridges to any major office supply store. Most are happy to take them and dispose of them properly, and some stores may even offer a discount on new cartridges for your eco-conscious efforts. If you’re uncertain, simply call and ask ahead of time.
Another viable option that cuts down on waste is investing in reusable ink cartridges. There are many companies that specialize in selling and refilling cartridges, and this method is ideal for maximum sustainability.
Consider A Floor Remodel
About 90% of homeowners prefer hardwood or tile in the kitchen, but if you have the budget, choosing an eco-conscious flooring option for your home office, such as reclaimed or antique wood, is one of the best sustainable steps you can take.
“Antique or reclaimed wood flooring is simply wood that has been removed from old buildings and other structures,” explains Popular Mechanics. “Typically, it’s then inspected, kiln-dried and re-sawn. If needed, new tongue-and-groove joints are worked into the sides to create a snug fit. The innate history and character of reclaimed wood often adds tremendous character to a room.”
Ultimately, keeping these actionable and eco-friendly steps in mind during your home office remodeling efforts is the best way to do your part to achieve universal sustainability. Always stay conscious about how your actions affect the planet and do what you can to keep it as healthy as possible.