5 Easy Ways to Make Your Office More Eco-Friendly
Earth Day is coming up on April 22 and it’s a great reminder for small businesses! Why you ask? Because “going green” perfectly aligns with your business goals to save money, remove clutter and improve your processes. And, we’re sharing five ideas for creating a more environmentally friendly office.
1. Choose post-consumer recycled content like paper
- Every ton of 100% post-consumer recycled paper used will save 24 trees.
- Recycling aluminum and steel can save 75% of the energy over using new materials to make steel- and aluminum-based products.
“Post-consumer” recycled content (defined by a percentage) is the amount of a material, such as paper or glass, which has been recycled after being used. This means the material would otherwise be headed for a landfill.
2. Choose eco-friendly, biodegradable cleaning products
- More than 85,000 new chemicals have been introduced in standard household products, and the EPA deems 70% of them as possibly harmful to human beings.
- The EPA claims phosphorus, one of the chemicals it calls "Volatile Organic Compounds" (VOCs), represents up to 40% of certain cleaning products — dangerous for the water supply.
Today, you’ll find a variety of “green” cleaning products: anti-bacterial soap for your office bathroom, floor cleaner, glass and wood solutions for cleaning desks and computer screens.
3. Replace old lights with LEDs
- Energy-efficient lighting can save 25-70% in energy use.
- Traditional incandescent bulbs have a life span of 750; energy efficient LEDs can run for 30,000 hours.
Your old incandescent bulbs are likely costing you more money than their more energy-efficient LED counterparts. That’s because the traditional incandescent generates most of its energy as heat instead of light. So — unless you’re standing by the bulb to stay warm — most of the energy your old bulbs generate is wasted.
4. Get an energy audit for your office
- Every degree on your thermostat can save you 1-3% on your bill.
- An audit can save 30% on a business’s energy costs.
Conducting an energy audit is another great way both to improve the environmental friendliness of your office and to cut costs.
Many organizations now conduct comprehensive audits, investigating all aspects of energy efficiency: heating and cooling systems, insulating, air sealing, lighting, and the power consumption of equipment.
5. Move environmentally unfriendly tasks to the cloud
- Every year Americans send 135,000,000 tons of trash to landfills.
- Increasing the efficiency of energy use and data storage could cut 30% of power use in businesses.
So what makes an office environmentally unfriendly, anyway? In a word: stuff. Paper, computer hardware, toner and ink cartridges for faxes and printers, IT equipment.
Want to “green” your office quickly — and save money too? Cut down on the stuff. Recycle old hardware like outdated computers and phone systems.
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