How To “Green” Your Business
Everyone wants to save money and most people want to save the environment. So regardless of what you’re looking to save, here are some ways to make your business more environmentally friendly:
Tell Others Perhaps the biggest positive impact your business can have is by spreading the word. Let people know the changes you’re making and do what you can to encourage others to make similar changes.
Update Your Mailing Lists If you send out a lot of mail, you’ll want to make sure you’re sending them to the right address or they’ll just be returned.
Buy Energy-Efficient Equipment Water coolers, appliances, electronics, etc. are all great ways to save energy. There are even tax incentives for business who buy energy-efficient equipment.
Buy Green Cleaning Products Most cleaning products have harmful chemicals, so you can buy safe, organic, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies instead.
Put A Brick In The Toilet To be clear, you should put the brick in the tank (the top part). This will reduce the amount of water it uses each time you flush.
Turn Stuff Off When you’re the last person to leave a room, turn off the lights. At the end of the day, turn off your computer and the copy machine.
Buy Used Opt for recycled or “gently used” furniture instead of brand new.
Print Less Don’t print unless you absolutely have to. This includes backing up your information. Use online backups or external hard drives instead of printing off copies.
Thermostat Set it a few degrees cooler in the winter and few degrees higher in the summer.
No Plastic Cups Encourage your employee to bring reusable water bottles or their own mugs as opposed to throwaway cups.
Light Bulbs Replace any old light bulb you can with energy-efficient ones.
Use Power Strips Even if your electronics are turned off, they’re still using electricity if they’re plugged into the wall. Plugging into power strips and then witching off the strips at the end of the day helps reduce that.
Open The Blinds Use natural light instead of artificial light when possible.
Telecommute and Teleconference If your type of business allows for it, encourage people to work from home and hold as many meetings over the phone or internet as possible. Encourage carpooling or biking where possible.
No Screen Savers Screen savers save the screen, but not power. Instruct employees on what computer settings will save the most energy.
Have A Recycling Station And encourage people to use it.
Eco-Friendly Supplies It may surprise you how many different types of eco-friendly products exist (like ink for toner made out of soybeans).
Buy Plants Put them around the office.
Recycle Electronics Don’t just throw them away.