A new study says that you can actually reduce your work output by 30% to 40% by making your home more eco-friendly, and that you should do it without compromising your safety or health.
In the paper, published in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne surveyed a group of more than 800 participants in Australia and New Zealand about their personal experience with energy use and pollution.
The findings suggest that the most important thing you can do to reduce energy consumption in your home is to buy less energy-intensive furniture and appliances.
“You should be making the most of the resources you have, and you should be reducing the amount of energy you use when you’re away from home,” said study author Dr David Macdonald, a researcher in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University.
“That means reducing your energy consumption at home, reducing your heat use, and reducing the number of products you use,” he said.
The researchers found that a number of factors, including how often people go to work and how much energy they use, affected energy use.
“We found that the average household was using less energy when they were away from their workplace,” Macdonald said.
“In some ways, that’s because they’re using less of their time and energy.”
“You can have the largest amount of productivity and the smallest amount of environmental impact, but you’re still going to use more energy, and so the longer you’re doing something, the greater the environmental impact.”
Dr Macdonald and his colleagues also found that when people spent more time indoors, the average number of hours spent outdoors increased by 30%.
The study also found a significant reduction in energy use when people used more energy-efficient appliances such as air conditioners and heaters.
“If you’re using fewer energy-saving appliances, that increases your energy use,” Macough said.
And the researchers found a strong relationship between how much work a household did and how efficiently it used energy.
“A household that’s doing less work and conserving energy has less energy,” Macoug said.
He also noted that some people find it hard to find ways to cut back on their energy consumption.
“There’s a lot of people out there who don’t want to change anything, so they’re looking for ways to save money,” Macailey said.
This is the first study to examine energy use in the home by household.
“In the past, we’ve seen energy efficiency measures such as energy-efficiency and energy-savings products like those from the US government, but the research is the best evidence to date of how energy use impacts people,” Macaurice said.