Energy-saving tips for home workers

March 25th, 2020


If you’re one of the thousands of people now working from home, you will undoubtedly be using more energy than usual to comfortable – and to boil the kettle! With Octopus Energy reporting that 30% of their customers we’re using an increased amount of energy last week and that number expected to grow, we thought we’d try and help by providing some energy-saving tips to make sure your home office is as efficient as possible.

Each week we’ll bring you two tips to try out and if you have any ideas too, we’d love to hear them!

This week we’ll look at heating and, how to stay warm without breaking the bank.

While this situation has arisen at the start of Spring and the onset of warmer weather, there can still be a temptation to keep the heating on while you’re indoors for extended periods, but there are ways to heat your home without reaching for the thermostat.

The sun provides almost limitless energy and is one of the key tools we have to heat our homes naturally and the best way to make the most of its power is to try and locate your home office in the sunniest room in your house.

Use a compass app on your phone to figure out which windows face south and try and work in these rooms as they’ll get the most consistent sunshine.

If you can’t work in a South-facing room, or even if you can, it’s vital to get the most out of the sun’s heat and with 18% of a home’s heat being lost through the windows, curtains or blinds are the best way to manage this. Open them at sunrise and close them before the sun completely sets to get as much warmth throughout the day and keep it there in the evening.

It’s could also be helpful to use blackout blinds or curtains – not only will these make for a darker bedroom as the sun rises earlier, but they could also cut heat loss even further.

Whether you love or loath home working, it’s important to make your home as comfortable as possible during this time, so make most of being able to wear your cosy hoodies or jumpers too!

If you’re worried about your bills going up during isolation, our Home Energy Scotland advisors are still available to give in-depth advice and support between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Give them a call on 0808 808 2282 or email

We’ll be back next week with more tips on saving energy while working from home!