Although some companies make it possible to work from home in the last few days of the year, you'll have to watch out for an increase in your electricity bill.
Some companies are allowing their employees to telecommute this Christmas season in order to spend more time with their families. That's why Selectra
, a specialist in energy tariffs, sent SUPERCASA Notícias
data showing how much teleworking can increase energy bills and some tips for mitigating this increase.
The best option is to use a laptop. It will only consume €4.48 or €4.18, depending on whether you have a simple or bi-hourly tariff on the free market. In the regulated market, the figures will be €4.76 and €4.22, respectively.
On the other hand, the fixed computer tower alone will consume 110% more. If you add an LED monitor, the increase will be 195%. Doing the math, if you use a stationary computer, the weekly cost of 8 hours of work will be €13.22 or €12.31 on the free market and €14.04 or €12.43 on the regulated market, depending on whether you have a contract with a single or two-hour tariff.
Tips for saving on your bill:
- Position your desk next to a window and take advantage of the natural light. This will reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day and save electricity when teleworking.
- Use energy-saving LED light bulbs instead of incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.
- Set your computer to automatically go into energy-saving mode when it's not in use, such as during your lunch hour or breaks.
- Unplug your computer at the end of the day.
- Stick to your working hours and avoid overworking. As well as protecting your well-being, you'll also be avoiding increased energy consumption due to prolonged operation of electronic devices.
- Choose the right time cycle for you. There are several electricity companies that offer tariffs whose prices vary according to the time you consume.
- Take advantage of the discounts associated with signing up to direct debit and electronic billing. These discounts are only available from free market suppliers.
- Opt for fixed tariffs to have the security of a constant price throughout the contract. Variable tariffs can reflect market fluctuations, as is the case with indexed tariffs.