Apologies, we had to postpone our Friday Lifework post due to the trials and tribulations of moving to a new Los Angeles Unplggd home office (we're settling into a new closet-size office which we'll be sure to share soon once the cityscape of boxes is reduced). Better late than never:
For most of us working from home is a huge gift. We forego mileage on our vehicles and the expense associated with traveling back and forth to the office. However, if we're not careful those savings can easily dwindle by the energy we use being home much of the day. Running electricity and the cost associated with its use can be counter productive to operating a home business. If your intention is to conserve money then that means efficiently managing utility use.
Consider placing your home office in a room that has the most natural light. Place your desk directly beneath the window where the sun and fresh air can stimulate your creative juices. The natural light will not only keep your utility cost at a minimum, it will also provide Vitamin D which can assist with energy level and attitude.
Solatube has some interesting info on the effect of light in the home. And the Heschong Mahone Group's studies on the effect of natural light on school kids are fascinating. If they learn better maybe we will also work better with a bit of sun in the room!
Saving money and the environment while working from home with the sun beaming in on you – sounds like a win-win situation.
[Photo: Living Etc.]