Take Your Business All the Way to Green in 2015!

October 15, 2018

Homeowners have caught on to the fact that living in an eco-friendly fashion is not only the right thing to do for the planet and society in general, but also a great way to save money, reduce waste and energy consumption, as well as enjoy a simpler lifestyle. Fortunately, all these benefits also apply to business owners of all types. No matter what size business, you can make 2015 the year of saving lots of “green” just by following these easy, eco-friendly tips.

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Make Powering Off Electronics Part of Your Office SOPs

An excellent way to protect sensitive electronics from power surges is to utilize a high quality surge protector for each computer system in your office. Take this idea to an eco-friendly level by instituting a standard office policy (SOP) that instructs employees to turn off their systems each evening by powering them down and then switching the surge protector to the “off” position.

To retain the convenience factor, make the first employee who arrives each morning responsible for turning on power strips and clicking computer system “on” switches.

Make Better Use of Files

Choose digital files over paper and scan hard documents into digital images, such as PDF files whenever possile. In addition to saving paper and ink, digital files are much easier to transmit, access and retrieve from mobile devices or laptops, thus, improving efficiency and enabling employees to become more productive. You will also have less desktop clutter.

Make Eco-Friendly Choices in Consumables

Whenever your business must make a purchase, opt for office supplies with environmental attributes, such as products that can be recycled, remanufactured, reused or contain recycled-content. Here are some to consider:

  • Recycle office paper, beverage containers and newspapers.
  • Install a filter on the tap for drinking water and forego the use of plastic water bottles
  • Refill ink cartridges for printers and recycle the cartridge when they can no longer be refilled
  • Save kitchen waste from employee break rooms, such as coffee grounds, and fruit peelings to add to compost piles

Even More Green Ideas

Instead of sending broken office furniture or electronics to landfills, investigate your options for recycling them or donating them to groups who will refurbish and sell them to pay for community projects or improvements. When donating, be sure to ask for a receipt for income tax purposes.

Getting an energy audit is another good way to find waste and come up with a more efficient plan for your business’s energy usage.

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