10 environmentally friendly business tips
It is very easy to develop and adopt energy efficient lifestyles, whether you run a home-based business or a corporation of thousands employees. The whole point is in really wanting to reduce your business’ impact on the environment.
- 1) Recycling
- 2) Heating and cooling
- 3) Unplug unused electronics
- 4) Don’t let taps dripping
- 5) Print both sides
- 6) Office equipment
- 7) Use compact fluorescent lamps (CFL)
- 8) Shop locally
- 9) Refurbish furniture
- 10) Use reusable filters
Environmentally friendly businesses are becoming increasingly popular. Preserving resources and eliminating waste is not only an efficient way to save money, but it also contributes greatly to the preservation of the environment. Besides, it is very easy to develop and adopt energy efficient lifestyles, whether you run a home-based business or a corporation of thousands employees. The whole point is in really wanting to reduce your business’ impact on the environment.
Here are some tips to operate a green business:
Recycling is one of the first things that you should consider when thinking about a green business. Every day you get a bunch of junk mail, which usually you don’t even read. You just put aside or throw directly in the dustbin. Recycle those letters! Don't throw them away! You may contact your local recycling center, and get information about junk mail recycling. You may also ask them about recycling electronic equipment that you don’t use anymore. Also, throwing away electronic equipment is dangerous because they end up in a landfill. So, you’d better ask your recycling center what’s the best thing to do with them.
2) Heating and cooling
Heating and cooling is responsible for a large percentage of energy consumption. In summer, turn the heat 2 degrees up to reach an average thermostat temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. In winter, turn the cool 2 degrees down to reach an average thermostat temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that each degree below 68 in winter or above 78 in summer can save 6% - 8% in energy consumption.
3) Unplug unused electronics
When you’re leaving office at night or turning off your pc at home, unplug it. The same goes for your printer, fax machine, coffee machine and any other type of electronic equipment you use in your business. By unplugging your electronic equipment you can save up to 25% in energy consumption. On the contrary, every computer left turned on overnight consumes electricity and costs your business a lot of money.
4) Don’t let taps dripping
Make sure you don’t let taps dripping and you close them tightly after use. Remember: each drop you waste per second equals to 2,642 gallons wasted per year.
5) Print both sides
Whenever possible avoid printing documents that can be emailed and always print paper on both sides. You may also recycle your inkjets and use recycled paper and water-based ink for your printers and fax.
6) Office equipment
If you use a fax modem you automatically reduce paper waste because you can send any document directly from your computer, without printing out a hard copy and using a fax cover sheet.
Also, if you replace desktop computers with laptops, energy consumption can be reduced up to 70%.
7) Use compact fluorescent lamps (CFL)
Compact fluorescents lamps use less energy than normal incandescent light bulbs and have a longer life. By using a CFL you can save over $30 in electricity costs over the lamp's lifetime, while preserving the environment with less energy consumption.
8) Shop locally
By shopping locally, you reduce the amount of energy used for products or services to travel cross-country and you help the economic development of your community. The further the suppliers or service providers have to travel, the more energy is consumed. Besides, you can stock your lunchroom with locally grown foods to save money and protect the environment from reduced energy consumption.
9) Refurbish furniture
Before buying new furniture for your business, check out if your existing office furniture can be refurbished. You will spend less money and it’s better for the environment.
10) Use reusable filters
By switching to reusable coffee filters for the office coffee machine, you contribute to the protection of biodiversity in coffee-growing countries.
Overall, becoming environmentally friendly doesn’t necessarily have to be a large action to make an impact. If many people consistently reduce the amount of energy, water, and paper, green businesses can make a huge impact on the environment. Ultimately, utilizing energy efficient practices on a large scale will be a great accomplishment.