Going green and maintaining green practices should be a top priority for any business. It’s a common misconception that taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint takes a lot of work and money. In fact, you may find that you are saving money when you change how you operate in the office. Take a look at these 5 easy ways to start going green at work.
Green tip #1: Embrace the digital era
We get that some things need to be printed, but are you printing more than is necessary? Does everyone in the office need a printed memo, or would a quick email suffice? Would a PowerPoint presentation do the same job as printed agendas for the staff meeting? If you are able to move more towards digital avenues, you’ll see you are spending less money on paper, ink, and toner, as well as less waste when those papers eventually end up in the garbage. When you do have to restock paper, go with recycled, environmentally-friendly options.
Green tip #2: Take stock of your direct mailers
While direct mailers still have a valid place in our society, it’s important to take stock of your methods. Are you sending them out too frequently? Are you getting proven results from your efforts? If you see little return on your direct mailing efforts, it may be time to switch to digital advertising methods. Many people appreciate seeing companies making an effort to go green and will applaud your transition into the digital era. If you are uncomfortable with going completely digital, simply reduce the frequency of your mailers or prune your mailing list.
Green tip #3: Work from home
While working from home is not possible in every business, it’s becoming a popular option for many. Telecommuting just a few days a month can make a difference. You are putting less of a burden on the environment by skipping that commute, your employees are saving money on gas, and there is less traffic on the roads. If you are able to have most of your employees telecommute on the same days, you’ll use less energy and resources in the office.
Green tip #4: Turn it off
If your computers and other machines are plugged into a live outlet, they are still using power. Implement a plan with your staff and employees to work together to make sure everything is powered down before everyone leaves.
Green tip #5: Let that sunlight in
It’s not uncommon to walk into an office that is brightly lit with fluorescent light while the windows are covered in blinds. Switch to compact fluorescent lights for a more efficient bulb, and open those blinds. Not only will you save energy and money, but natural light has been proven to be beneficial for daytime workers. It boosts productivity, mood, and can even improve sleep.
We hope these tips will help you as you start to go green in the office. Don’t forget that Pilgrim Mat Services can help you go green with our recyclable mats, restroom products and services. Give us a call at 800-939-2523 or contact us online for more information or to receive a free, no-obligation estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!