While the majority of people are well aware of how important it is to make environmentally-friendly and responsible choices and decisions, many businesses have come to the realization that these same decisions can also equate to an increase in profits.
Companies that make the move to go green are able to reduce their recycling costs, they can improve their sustainability, save costs on overhead expenses, and their green initiatives can often attract brand new clients in support of environmentally responsible businesses. There are all kinds of steps you can take to start being more environmentally-friendly, so here we will take a look at some simple little steps you can start taking right away.
Reduce Your Paper Waste
One of the top areas to make a change is to reduce paper waste. Today there is a push to use recycled paper, and alternate types of “paper”, with the aim of moving towards a paperless environment. Digital files, documents, and forms are now becoming more commonplace.
Did you know that here in the U.S. $18 million worth of acres of trees is cut down on a yearly basis? Think how the reduction in paper use will help that number. Right now, the amount of trees being harvested each year for paper exceeds the growth of the forest. That’s a scary statistic.
Turn Off Heat/Cooling and Lights at Night
If there is no-one working in your office at night, then there is absolutely no reason the heating/cooling system needs to be running.
There is also no reason the lights need to be on. If you don’t like the idea of turning the lights off completely, have motion detector lights installed at key points instead.
Adjust the Thermostat
Yes, you want your employees to be comfortable, but did you know that by adjusting the thermostat by just one degree you could end up saving thousands of dollars per year, and consume much less kilowatts? One degree isn’t typically enough of a change that your employees will even notice it.
Encourage Staff to Recycle
It’s important to make your green initiatives known to your employees and encourage them to take part whenever possible. Hold a discussion about recycling, and then ensure that there are adequate bins placed throughout the office. The easier you make it for your employees, the more likely they are to take part in it.
Invest in Energy Efficient Computer Equipment
When it comes time to replace your computer equipment, look for energy efficient models. This can also be said for your printer/copier needs.
Use Biodegradable Cleaners
If you have a cleaning staff that looks after your office, ask them about what cleaning products they use. Let them know you’re looking to go green and would like to request only biodegradable cleaning products be used in your space.
While each of these steps on their own may not seem like a big deal, when you add them up you will start to see you’re really making a significant and positive difference.