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Lightbulb moments for the home office

The home office is a growing necessity in today’s new builds, as work flexibility becomes commonplace.

However, the more time you spend working from home, the higher your energy bill is likely to be.

ABC Blinds & Awnings Co-Managing Director Mark Brice said, however, it didn’t take much to create a more energy-efficient home office.

“With just a few small changes, which will hopefully lead to bigger ones, you can reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time,” he said.

“Firstly changing your bulbs – second to natural light, fluorescent lights are an affordable lighting choice.

“Even though these lights cost a little more upfront, they can last up to 12 times longer than a regular incandescent bulb, so it is worth making the switch in your home.”

Another way to easily go green is to invest in insulated window coverings.

“Over 30 per cent of heat is lost during the winter and gained in the summer via your windows, so insulating this part of your house is smart,” Mr Brice said.

“Double-glazed windows are ideal for insulation, as they are an incredibly effective way to manage heat gain and heat loss throughout the year – the only downside is that it can be quite expensive.

“The next best option is installing window blinds, thermal curtains, shutters or awnings, as their heat reflective design can keep the sun out of your home and keep it cooler.”

These window treatments can also help to reduce glare, which can affect ergonomic levels and productiveness in a home office setup.

“The more natural light the better, as it provides numerous benefits for the body and soul, including increasing vitamin D and mood,” Mr Brice said. “But while sunlight can be the ultimate mood booster, it can also be distracting if you can’t see your screen properly.

“The key to reducing glare on your computer screen, while still having plenty of natural sunlight in your office, is investing in the right window treatments.”

Mr Brice said some popular light filtering blinds included vertical blinds, roller blinds and double roller blinds, which all offered supreme light control.

CONTACT ABC Blinds & Awnings, 131 315, www.abcblinds.com.au

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