Most of us are spending most of our time in the office so being more green seems like a logical solution in order to cut costs and to make a difference for the environment and the future for the next generation.
Here are three simple steps in how to make your office more green.
1. Cut down on paper usage
Save the trees, protect the rainforest, well not sure which rainforest… But every little helps. In offices I tend to see people throwing away scribbled or scrap paper. Instead of throwing it away why not chuck it in the printer for printing, it can always help when you are printing stuff that is not hugely important. Invite staff and clients to view presentations on their individual laptops or a large screen rather than handing out copies. Change the default setting on printers to double-sided and invite staff to create a scrap paper box. Install cloth roll dispensers or air dryers in washrooms and use cloth towels instead of paper towels in the office kitchen.
2. Eliminate energy vampires
When not in use, unplug phone chargers, televisions, and anything else with an LED display. “These devices are commonly referred to as energy vampires — appliances that are always drawing a current even though you aren’t using them, Install a timer to turn off appliances during the evenings and weekends when they’re not in use and ask employees to turn off their computers when they leave the office and use the power save setting on laptops.
Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs (compact florescent light bulbs) or energy efficient T8 or T5 fluorescent tubes instead of T12s to reduce energy consumption by around 40 percent. Since these lights emit less heat, you’ll also save on air conditioning in the summer months.
3. Introduce smarter hardware
We all know walking, cycling or hitching a ride to work is an easy way to cut down on pollution, but small-business owners can do even more to encourage employees to use these eco-friendly commuting options. “Providing a bike rack or a shower for employees who want to cycle to work is an easy way to support [eco-friendly commuters]. Some companies even provide financial incentives to employees who cycle or take public transportation to work or meetings rather than taking taxis.
It’s the little things you do that can make a huge difference, not only do they help in creating a greener workplace they can also save money!