Whether or not you believe in global warming, it’s pretty obvious that green energy is the way of the future. Apply simple tips to your business to start saving money…and maybe you can save the Earth a little, too.
Painting the Business Green
Going green is something companies can achieve in a lot of little ways. You don’t always have to take an extreme route, such as having a solar panel installed on the roof. Even small changes can add up to big savings overall.
- Cartridge: Stop throwing away those empty ink and toner cartridges. Mark a special plastic bucket or box and collect them until the container is full. Recycling these cartridges can score you a little extra cash or discounts at office supply stores. It’s green-friendly to recycle such cartridges because they create a lot of extra waste, and eliminating waste is better for the environment.
- Light bulbs: Replace all those old-fashioned light bulbs with more energy-efficient fluorescents. If you get rid of all incandescent bulbs, you’ll get your money back from buying new light bulbs in about 4 months. After that point, you’ll be saving money on your electric bill. Not a bad payout, and you’re still creating a green office atmosphere.
- Sleepy time: Surprisingly, you can make a very big difference with one of the smallest changes: put computers to “sleep” in the evenings. By putting computers in sleep mode, Mother Nature Network says you can reduce up to 300 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Meanwhile, you’ll be saving a lot of money on your monthly energy bill. Even when they’re inactive, computers burn up a lot of power. When you need to buy new computers, replace desktop models with laptops. They’re more energy-efficient by nature.
Little changes add up to make a big difference, but you can take bigger steps to create that green office. If you’re ready to start implementing some bigger changes, you could save a whole lot more money with your green program.
- Digitize everything: That’s right: get rid of paper . It’s going the way of the dinosaurs anyway, so start familiarizing staff with the digital life now. Start by using a cloud to store files. This will make inter-office sharing across different computers and devices easy. There are many other ways to go digital. Some companies give their employees smartphones or tablets so they can access files and apps that allow for quick and easy communication with the office.
- Upgrade equipment: Replace old office equipment with more energy-efficient Energy Star products. They use less power and they’re the green-friendly label of choice. Instead of a bunch of machines, look for all-in-one units that print, copy, scan and fax. One unit may replace a few different pieces of equipment, and that saves on space and power.
- Work at home options: Some employees become more high-functioning in a work-at-home environment, and this can be used to company benefit. Having employees who work from home saves on costs such as electricity, climate control and space itself. When you can spend less on these bills, you’ll gain much more from profits. If work-at-home isn’t an option, you can still get employees involved with going green. Offer car pool incentives to encourage green thinking . Get them excited about coming to work for any reason, and you’ll boost productivity.
Added Perks of Being Green
Going green saves money and it helps to improve the environment. You hardly need more incentive than that, but there are added perks that come with making green changes to your business: it’s promotable.
Write a special page that features your green incentives on the company website. Promote the green message locally, and you may get some media coverage because of your efforts to improve the community. This will boost your brand, and meanwhile you’ll be improving the bottom line.