1Thing: Sustainable, efficient ideas for working from home this winter


With more advisories, regulations, and work-from-home recommendations being put back in place as coronavirus cases spike, we wanted to provide you with some handy tips for your home that not only help our environment… but also your wallet.

While it may not be a gift wrapped up under the tree, our planet Earth is one of the greatest gifts given to you and me.

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Turn down your thermostat during the winter by 2 degrees / turn up by 2 degrees in the summer to save up to 2,000 lbs of carbon dioxide per year! (This also helps save $$$) And don’t forget to cover or block any drafty windows for even more savings.

Cold Water Loads

Wash your laundry in cold water. Not only will this prevent your beloved clothes from shrinking in the wash, but it will also even save energy and money! Bonus: if possible, partially dry your clothes on a clothesline.

Donate, Donate, Donate

Buy second-hand items or donate items including clothing, usable appliances, tools, and other goods instead of tossing them.

‘Water’ you waiting for?

Ditch the single-use plastic bottles and grab a reusable water bottle to reduce waste, save time, save money in the long run, plus, you can show off your style on a reusable bottle with flash and flare through colors, kinds, stickers, and more!

Switch to LEDs

This one’s pretty simple. Use LED light bulbs in lamps, fixtures and holiday lights – these babies can save you about $8 per month, or about $1,000 over a 10-year period!

Ice, Ice, Baby

Shovel snow before it turns to ice so that you don’t need to use deicers as often.

Running in place

Don’t leave your car running when heading out for errands this winter. Cars made after the 1980s do not need to warm up since they do not have a carburetor. Just jump in and go. (Your car will actually warm up faster when you’re driving it, too.)

Pull the plug!

Don’t forget to unplug chargers and turn off appliances, including computers, when they’re not in use. This simple act can save 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide a year and lower your power bill.

Walk it out

Consider if you really need to drive there. Can you walk it? You’ll save money on gas and get some exercise!

Stop the runs

Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth or doing other activities is one of the biggest wastes in the average household. Instead of pouring money down the drain, turn off the water while brushing and just turn it back on when you need to.


Bring a few reusable bags along with you while shopping at the grocery store and beyond. You can reduce unnecessary waste and even save some money in many states which have enacted bag fees at checkout.

Don’t forget… Earth Day is on Thursday, April 22, 2021!

Check out all of our free 1Thing resources to help you reduce your footprint.

What do you do to help the environment? What’s your 1Thing?