Working From Home Is Eco-Friendly
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Remote working is becoming more popular as companies strive to save money and become more eco-friendly. It turns out those two objectives don’t have to be at odds with one another. In an AT&T technology poll, 43% of small businesses reported that all their employees use wireless devices or wireless technologies to work away from the office. If you’re one of them, you’re probably wondering how more time at home will affect your utility bill. Try these energy efficient devices to help you save money, time, and the planet.

The Xerox WorkCentre 6015 multifunction printer is a great space-saver for a small office that needs to combine print, fax, and copy capabilities. Its Hi-Q LED print engine is quiet and energy-efficient. This Wi-Fi-enabled printer also comes with Xerox’s mobile print app, PrintBack, which lets users access their Mac- or PC-connected printer through an Apple iOS or Google Android-enabled device.

Savant’s home automation solutions bring together multiple intelligent control services and devices to operate media content, Internet connectivity, automated lighting, security, utility management, and climate control. These smart home technologies can be controlled anywhere in the house or while away from home using Savant’s automation apps on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, when connected to  Savant’s hardware.

When replacing a 75-watt incandescent light bulb with the mercury-free Philips Ambient- LED light bulb, commuters working remotely can save up to $156.75 in energy costs over the life of the bulb, which lasts at least 22.8 years.

Samsung LED-backlit monitors produce a clearer and more vivid picture due to much higher contrast ratios with LED lights. Unlike CCFLs (cold cathode fluorescent lamps), LED-lit monitors are free of mercury, halogen, and lead, making them safe to recycle. But until then, you save money because they use 30% to 50% less power than conventional monitors.

The Netgear Media Storage Router (WNDR4700) consumes up to 30% less power with the wireless function turned off. The router comes equipped with both a Wi-Fi and power on/off button, allowing users to power down the Wi-Fi functionality but continue to use its 2TB SATA hard drive for media storage and to back up Macs, PCs, and tablets. It can also run applications downloaded from the NETGEAR Smart Network App Store. Available at retail stores this summer.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.