How to Make Your Office More Eco-Friendly
The old standby slogan for being environmentally conscious still applies when talking about reducing a company’s carbon footprint and making an office eco-friendly: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
The “Three Rs” are always a good place to start. In the office, this translates to things like throwing paper in the blue bin instead of the black one and ditching those disposable cups from the water cooler. But did you know there’s also a fourth “R” that can help reshape an office’s sustainability profile, and that’s Refuse: Refuse to purchase anything you don’t need.
If you want to take a true environmentally-conscious stand and make your office more eco-friendly, consider these easy ways to go green. They may even save the office some money in the process.
1. Switch to a Renewable Electricity Provider – There’s an enormous field of providers competing in the deregulated energy market, and many are specializing in promoting renewable energy. With renewable energy, such as the energy from the sun, we don’t have to worry about depleting its source. Because of this, the solar energy market is less volatile. Another major benefit to solar energy over fossil fuels is a drastically reduced carbon footprint. When fossil fuels are burned for electricity, harmful gasses are emitted into the environment. Instead of supporting non-renewable sources, choose a provider that offers green power. You won’t notice a difference in the service, but you may notice savings on your bill.
2. Use Environmentally-Friendly Office Products – This may seem like a small change, but it does add up in the long haul. Think about how much paper your office uses each month or year. If the only environmentally-conscious change you made was to switch to 100% recycled paper, just imagine how many trees you’d be saving. You may even extend this methodology to using things like refillable ink cartridges and non-toxic highlighters.
3. Enforce a Business Casual Dress Code – Most employees prefer to dress down because casual clothes are more comfortable, but a casual dress code can also help cut down on the amount of dry cleaning your employees will do. Not only is this better for the environment, but it’s good for your employee’s health and finances. The liquid solvent used by most dry cleaners is a central nervous system depressant and respiratory irritant that the Environmental Protection Agency deems a probable human carcinogen.
4. Implement a Telecommute Policy – Studies have shown that employees can be as productive at home as they are in the office, and having them work from home can cut down on office energy usage and environmental pollutants produced during their commute.
5. Power Down Computers at Night – A great deal of office power is consumed by machines that are not in use. Instruct employees to turn off their computers before they leave for the day and save energy nightly. For every 1,000 kWh you save by turning things off, you could save $100 on your energy bill (assuming an average electricity cost of $0.10 per kWh).
From small changes like using recyclable paper to large changes like choosing a green energy supplier, your efforts can make a large impact on the environment.
Written By: Trevor McDonald
Trevor is a content writer for Power Target. He enjoys using his talent for words to help educate others. In his free time, you can find him writing for different publications or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.