Business owners are embracing going green and maintaining green practices more today than in the past. Taking the steps to help reduce your carbon footprint can change how you operate in the office and help you save money. Here are 4 tips to help you embrace green practices in the office:
1. GO PAPERLESS WITH 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.
2. HOME SWEET 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.
3. UNPLUG – 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.
4. LET THE SUNSHINE 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!