You may be trying to ‘go green’ in your personal life, but are you doing the same in your office? It is a well-known fact that customers are increasingly looking for companies with good eco credentials. So, as well as helping the environment, going green is also great news for businesses too. But where do you start? Here are a few simple tips to help your office become more eco-friendly.
Think before you print
If you want to minimise waste in the office, then paper is a good starting point. Do you really need a printed version of that document? Can you send an e-mail rather than a letter? Saving paper (and printer ink) will also save you money.
Switch it off
Many of us are guilty of leaving our monitors and other office equipment on stand-by overnight. Get into the habit of turning off lights when rooms are not in use, setting computers to energy-efficiency mode and switching off electrical equipment at the end of the day. It’s easy to do and takes no time at all.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
All offices should provide recycling bins for bottles, cans, paper and toner cartridges – as a minimum. Also look at items you could do without, for example plastic cups. Mugs and glasses work just as well, if not better.
Any investment in technology has a large initial outlay. But make the right choices with that technology and you can save money in the long term. Laptops use 90% less energy than desktop computers, flat-screen LCD monitors use around 50% less energy than a conventional monitor and a CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulb uses 75% less energy than a traditional bulb. The figures speak for themselves.
Encourage staff to use public transport, bikes and car sharing schemes when travelling into work. Alternatively, offering employees the option of working from home means carbon emissions are reduced and productivity is increased. Cloud computing means that more and more people are now able to work remotely – and research suggests this makes for a happier workforce. What’s stopping you?