A colorful painting functions as a backsplash for this small office space.
John O'Hagan; Stylist: Rose Nguyen

In today’s electronic age, home-office equipment eats up a sizable amount of energy. Outsmart the energy-consuming habits of your high-tech hardware with these strategies.

VTech's dark gray and silver phone with a blue screen is an energy efficient option.
Courtesy of Best Buy

Powerful Purchases

Buy ENERGY STAR® qualified electronics with a "sleep" setting or other low-power option.

VTech 5.8GHz Cordless Phone System
Available at Best Buy

A laptop uses 10 times less energy than a desktop computer.
Jean Allsopp; Stylist: Buffy Hargett

Laptop vs. Desktop

Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer, which consumes about 10 times as much energy.

An HP ink-jet printer uses less energy than a laser printer.
Courtesy of OfficeDepot.com

Pick a Printer

Select an ink-jet printer. This type uses less energy than its laser counterparts.

HP Officejet 6310 Color Flatbed All-In-One
Available at Office Depot

A home office is more energy efficient when machines are turned off when not in use.
David Wakely

Less Energy, More Money

Power down or turn off computers, fax machines, copiers, and other appliances when you’re not planning on using them. This step alone makes the biggest difference in cutting back on home-office energy consumption.

By Lisa Frederick, Courtesy of Alabama Power

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