Friday, June 3, 2011

How to Green your business

Going green is all the rage these days.  This is primarily for two reasons.  First, its environmentally friendly and sustainable, and this is something that has become increasingly popular lately.  Second, and probably on a level that more think about, it saves money.  We all know it: energy costs are rising, both in terms of fuel and electricity.  Going green not only makes you feel good, but it can save a serious chunk of change.

That being said, not everyone has a clear idea of what "going green" entails, or how to do it in their business.  Going green can probably be (roughly) summed up in two words: using less.  Most resources that we use cannot be replaced and used up indefinitely - as such, going green can help reduce your consumption.  Here are some tips:
  • Carpool:  Encourage your employees to carpool.  This will save on gas consumption, reduce traffic, save costs and hopefully result in closer employees.
  • Shut down your computers:  When you leave at the end of the day, don't leave your computer on - shut it down.  After all, why are you going to leave your computer on at the end of the day, for as long as twelve hours, when no one is going to use it?
  • Printing:  Change your printer settings to print double-sided.  Doing so will help save paper, money and trees.
  • Go paperless:  Speaking of paper - can you transition to a paperless office?  Many businesses have done just that of late, made possibly largely thanks to improvements in smart phones that are making paper a thing of the past.
  • Lighting:  How energy efficient are your light bulbs?  Are you using CFLs?  Furthermore, does your office have windows?  As such, are there ways that you can better utilize natural lighting?  And have you looked into getting motion/occupancy lights?  These are lights that shut off if no one is in the room and get help reduce your energy costs.
  • Web-conferencing:  Gas is expensive, and face-to-face meetings aren't always necessary.  Web conferencing and web meetings through services like GoToWebinar allow you to use audio, web-cams and desktop sharing to hold a meeting that can be just as productive as one that is face to face.
What have you done to green your office?

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