Whether you’re still finding your feet when it comes to working from home, or you’re struggling to make your space work for you, setting up your laptop from your front room can help you make huge savings over the month. If you’ve found unexpected bills mounting up, though, there are several simple changes you can make to your working routine, to help you save even further.
Stick to one room if you can
If you’ve seen your heating bills dramatically increase while working from home, you’re not alone. Having your radiators on full blast might help you keep comfortable while you’re working, but can have a big impact on your monthly bills. To stay cosy and focused without the worry of a hefty bill, try and stick to one room while you work, and heat that space only. This way, you can enjoy a cosy and productive home office, without putting any extra strain on your outgoings.
As well as lowering your bills, keeping to the same room and routine can also have a great impact on your mental health, too. Shutting the door on your work each evening will help you switch off, and effectively separate your working life from home.
Get DIY savvy to stay warm
One of the best perks of working from home is settling into your slippers and a cosy jumper instead of professional suits each day. If you’re still struggling to stay warm and comfy, however, it’s a good idea to check your home is as well-equipped for working from home as possible. Regularly bleeding your radiators is one of the best things you can do to look after your boiler. As well as avoiding expensive repairs further down the line, this will also help you lower your monthly costs, as you’re less likely to waste energy heating your radiators for longer.
If your radiators still don’t seem to be getting hot, or your boiler’s over ten years old, it might be time to invest in a new model that will keep you warm, and help you save money in the long run. BOXT has a range of combi-boilers to heat your home effectively, without creating a dent in your savings.
Keep to a meal plan if possible
Once you’re working in close proximity to your kitchen, the temptation to grab a quick lunch every day is much easier to avoid. However, if you’re looking to save the pennies even further, you could consider creating a meal plan to help you stick to a monthly food budget. This way, you’ll never have to run out for expensive food top-ups each lunchtime, and you can look forward to creating tasty meals each week too.
Make the most of your surroundings
For many workers used to office life, switching to your spare room can give you a great opportunity to work in an environment that really suits you. If you can, working from a room with plenty of natural light, enough space to set up your laptop and notebooks, and any trinkets or photos to give your workspace a homely twist will help your home office feel both productive and personal. As well as this, positioning your desk in front of a window with plenty of natural light will help you stay warm and well-lit, without the need to turn off your lamps and heating.
Don’t forget to switch off for the day
Last but not least, once you’ve logged off for the day, it’s important to switch off fully. That means turning your computer off fully, as well as unplugging everything at the wall. Doing this will help you lower your energy bills by reducing the amount of phantom electricity you use; even if they aren’t turned on, leaving your electronics plugged in overnight uses up unnecessary energy over time. Making sure everything’s turned off will reduce your bills over time, with the added benefit of giving you peace of mind that your working day is over.