Now that many of us have been working from home for some time, some things we've taken for granted in the office may not have been thought about, such as impact on ourselves and the environment.
Working from home could be environmentally friendly, just think about the carbon emissions you save without the need to commute to the office every day.
At Third Kind Games, we know that the physical environment influences our team's well-being, their performance at work and productivity. So TKG has always worked to reduce our impact on the environment, but when it comes to working from home, it's an individual choice.
With that in mind, here are 5 "working from home" sustainability tips:
1 - Minimise energy use - There's no way around the computer being on most of the day, but turning both computer and electric switch off afterwards, instead of just letting it sleep, can save a surprising amount of energy. Being mindful of the screen brightness and keeping it at the minimum practical level is also a good idea. When boiling water for your daily brew, fill the kettle with enough water for the mug you will be drinking from, it will also boil faster and save water and electricity.
2 - Get smart with your thermostat - Heating and cooling are already impacting your wallet, plus it also takes a toll on the environment because of the excess electricity that needs to be generated from carbon-emitting fossil fuels. Adjusting your thermostat 2 degrees up in the summer (around 24 degrees) and 2 degrees down in the winter (around 18 degrees) can save up to 2,000lbs of carbon dioxide per year, plus each degree reduction can lead to an 8% saving on your energy bill and carbon emissions.
3 - Eco-Friendly Office Supplies - The average office worker generates about 2 pounds of paper waste every single day. When you can, try to use office supplies that are either waste-free or biodegradable. Reducing your printing will also save you money on paper and ink cartridges. Before printing, consider whether it's really necessary. It could also be a chance to cut down on disposable and takeaway packaging by making home-cooked food. Speaking of food, one of the most significant actions you can take to minimise their carbon footprint is to reduce your meat consumption, so why not explore some meat-free recipes?
4 - Invest in a REAL plant - Placing a plant on your desk or in your workspace can uplift the atmosphere, and reduce stress and anxiety. Indoor greenery can boost oxygen, and in fact, NASA research reveals that indoor plants reduce 87% of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours.
5 - Look after yourself - While you are trying to save the planet, remember to take care of your health. Stepping away from your work can be hard sometimes, but it's fundamental for your mental health and overall productivity. If you can no longer have an active commute (walking, running, wheeling, cycling, etc.), try to find new ways to incorporate wellness and activity into your daily routine. Whether you use online streaming for yoga practices or go outside for a walk, run (when possible), or turn on your stereo and dance, any sport at home will lead to keeping you healthy and happy.
Every choice we make has an environmental impact.
Together, if we all choose the most sustainable work practices we can, we will improve the environment and help change the planet.