Home Office

Below is part of our complete collection of ways to save electricity in your home office right now which are easy for anyone, even you :) to do!

This collection focuses on ways to easily reduce the amount of electricity used within the home office inside your home.

1 Computer Standby Mode
2 Don’t Leave Computer On All Day
3 Laptop Uses Less Electricity vs Desktop PC
4 Place All Home Office Electronics on Single Power Bar
5 Put Fax Machine on Sleep Mode
6 Put Printer on Sleep Mode
7 Put Scanner on Sleep Mode
8 Turn Off Home Office Equipment When Not in Use
9 Unplug Home Office Equipment At Night/Weekends
10 Unplug Home Office Equipment When Not in Use


Start using these ways which are easy to reduce your home’s electricity usage to start saving your money now!

When you have started to use as many from this collection as you want, then move on to another collection on this or any path within the SavingsGrid.

If we have missed a way to reduce any form of energy or water in a home, please let us know and we’ll add it to the Grid for everyone to use. Simply add a comment here or send an email to Dan@SavingsGrid.com .

We are all in this together to help each other here in the SavingsGrid.



  1. terri white says:

    I have heard that it costs more to start up computer equipment when it is completely powered down, than I would save by turning it all off at night. Is this true? I used to make sure no lights were on on any electrical device at night, especially computer, but if it’s going to cost me more to turn it on every morning, then I won’t do it.

    • Dan says:

      Hi Terri,
      Thanks for the question. It is a good one. A few thoughts for you:

      First, each computer be it a desktop, laptop or notebook , be it Windows or Apple, is going to have its own power consumption when running and when in sleep or hibernate mode. And remember, there is a difference between ‘sleep’ and ‘hibernate’ modes. For your specific computer I would suggest checking its user guide / manual which came with it when you purchased it.

      Second, newer computers tend to use less electricity than older computers even though newer computers are more powerful.

      Third, a desktop computer tends to use more than a laptop computer.

      Fourth, here are a few sources of information I found:

      From Microsoft - If it’s just a few hours or even overnight, it’s usually more efficient to put your computer to sleep…While Windows does use some power in sleep mode, it’s very small: about one-tenth as much as it would need if you left the computer running. A mobile PC typically uses 1 to 2 percent of battery power per hour in sleep mode…..Like sleep, hibernation is a power-saving state. But while sleep typically saves your settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation saves your open documents and programs to your hard disk and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power.
      From Windows Guide – If your concern is to save energy, and you don’t mind the longer Boot Up time – then you should always use the “Shut Down” option. This will shut down every running service and application and wipe clean your RAM. This option saves the most energy as the computer is not using any power at all when in this state. There might be some power consumption from the main-board as it is still connected to your outlet, but this is significantly little.
      From the Windows Club – Even the folks at Energy Star agree you save almost as much energy as you do turning off your computer for the night (minus unplugging it). And you won’t have to endure a lengthy “re-booting” process the next morning; your computer should “wake up” in 30 seconds or less. Those at Energy Star still prefer that you turn your computer off at night, for maximum energy savings. “We are all about energy savings, and when you shut off your computer at night, you save the most energy,” says Craig Hershberg, program manager for office equipment and consumer electronics. “Every little bit helps. It all adds up.”

      And, remember, when you turn off your computer, like any electronic appliance, it will still use a little bit of electricity. Therefore, when you turn off your computer, remember to also turn off the surge suppression power bar it is plugged into to save even more electricity.

      I hope this helps, Terri. Thanks for the question!

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