With the whole world taking a closer look at the earth’s depleting resources, going green with your business is a smart move. While it would be great to implement alternative power sources into your business, it’s not always the practical choice. Many companies must deal with tight budgets so it may not be possible to make major changes but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference. Here are five ways your business can go green without breaking the budget.
Reduce the amount of waste your company produces. You can do this in several ways such as going paperless where you can. Send out employee emails instead of printed materials and use an electronic filing system instead of keeping hard copies. Use scanners to create PDF files. When you must have printed material, opt for recycled paper and use double-sided printers.
Switch your light bulbs to energy-efficient ones. These use about 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and they last much longer. If you have a small office or if it’s practical, you can even install desk lamps to add efficient lighting without using overhead lights that can use more energy.
Help educate your employees on how to live green at home and at work. Many people still don’t know a lot about conserving energy and reducing waste. Support conferences and seminars that your employees can benefit from or host green events. When you support programs that educate the staff and their families, you set a good example for your employees and encourage them to make changes.
Have your personnel unplug computers at the end of each workday. You can make this easy by using surge protectors with an on and off switch. All they’ll have to do is flip the switch off on their way out the door. Start up a recycling program if you don’t already have one and if you do, enforce it. If all businesses made these small, simple changes, it would add up to big savings over time.
Another major contributor is to invest in a renewable power system including solar PV or wind turbines to generate on-site power for your systems.