In this day and age when many businesses are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and to be better stewards of the environment, now is as good a time as any to go green. So if you want to run a more eco-friendly operation, check out these 10 ways to green your business.
- Leave it on the Screen: Rather than printing out every email communication or document, why not leave it on the screen? Assess your emails to see if it’s really necessary to hit the print button. If you don’t have to, then leave it on the screen.
- Fax Via Modem: If you’re used to faxing documents the traditional way, change things up by using a fax modem that will enable you to send and receive documents directly from your laptop, computer, or other mobile devices. And ditch the cover sheet if you can.
- Switch Off When NOT in Use: When you’re not using equipment, turn it off. Some sources suggest that you can cut energy consumption to the tune of 25% if you merely turn off equipment that you are not using. You can also lessen your energy consumption by a further 50% if you turn off your computers off at the conclusion of the day.
- Green Web Hosting: Green web hosting providers participate in projects like tree planting and renewable energy, and these do this to lessen or offset the environmental cost of operating their servers and equipment.
- Exercise Green Thumb: If you’re looking to make your business more green, how about planting a garden? Whether you plant flowers or other vegetation, you can beautify your environment. Also remember that house plants like orchids and succulents can, among other things, clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
- Cloud Computing: Cloud computing can be a virtual godsend for businesses. By using products like Google Apps to Microsoft Office via the cloud, you can provide your workers with access to documents from anywhere and at any time, and this can reduce transportation expenses and costs associated with printing out hard copies.
- Recycle Electronics: If you’re thinking about updating your equipment — like getting a new computer, printer, or tablet — consider recycling your old electronics responsibly. If your old equipment is perhaps only five or fewer years old, you might be able to donate it to a neighboring school or other organization that could make good use of it. In such cases, you might even qualify for a tax credit that will come in handy during the tax season. What you don’t want to do with old equipment is dump it in the landfill along with your regular garbage. So recycle responsibly as part of your green pledge.
- Energy Efficient Appliances: You might be surprised to learn how much you can save by using energy efficient appliances. For instance appliances with the Energy Star certification use between 10% and 50% less power compared to comparable appliances without the Energy Star certification. So upgrade your appliances if it would make sense.
- Recycle: Recycling never goes out of style. Be sure to separate recyclables into the appropriate receptacles to do your part to divert recyclable materials from landfills.
- Teleconference: Technology makes it possible for you to use technology like Google Hangouts and Skype to conduct teleconferences, which can cut down on the need to gather for offsite meetings. Teleconferencing not only can save you money, but also can help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
So, there you have it — 10 ways to green your business. If you’re looking for strategies to run a more eco-friendly business, these recommendations can help get your started down the right path towards a greener future.
About the Author
Uma Campbell is a yoga instructor and freelance writer. She currently lives in Southern California. She enjoys writing about meditation, natural medicine, and design. Her interests include home decor, yoga, and running. She also really loves crafting She has her own line of home-made jewelry. She lives alone with her cat.
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