Posted on 15 October 2012.
This was written by Miles Hall of businessbroker.net.
The going green initiative has been well under way for a few years now, but many businesses – small and large – are still hesitant to join the movement. They often assume that going green is synonymous with spending more money when this simply not the case. Businesses that cut down on carbon emissions and energy usage may have to purchase new products that are more efficient, but these end up paying for themselves in the long run due to lower operating costs. When it comes to our planet, every little bit helps so even seemingly small steps can add up to big benefits for businesses and the environment.
Cut Out Expensive and Damaging Commutes
For many offices, employees commuting to work are the biggest negative impact the company has on the environment. One vehicle can produce tons of damaging carbon dioxide emissions per year and this compounds when every employee is driving one vehicle to the same place day in and day out. Setting up a commuting policy can drastically reduce the number of vehicles that a company is putting onto the road every day, and employees end up saving a lot of money as well. Better yet, if a business can implement telecommuting options it can reduce carbon emissions even further and save more money. An employee base that telecommutes means that the company can reduce its office size and save money with utilities, leases, and printing.
A simple fact of the matter is that businesses no longer need to send employees flying around the world for every meeting. Obviously face to face meetings are still needed, especially with building inspections and the like, but more often than not video conferencing can serve the same purpose without relying on air travel that is damaging to the atmosphere. Technology is advancing at such a rate that there are few drawbacks to using phone or videoconferencing over travel. Businesses save money by avoiding expensive travel arrangements and save immense amount of their employees’ time.
Try to Go Paperless by Utilizing Cloud Storage and Using Efficient Printers
Businesses are one of the key culprits in paper waste but there are steps they can take to cut down on paper usage. Cloud storage technologies allow for large amounts of data to be saved and accessed from any location with an internet connection. This means employees or clients can merely download any files they need without having to have a hard copy sent to them. Of course, hard copies are unavoidable in an office but by purchasing a quality laser printer offices can efficiently print large quantities. Recycling and using recycled laser cartridges further cuts down on cost and environmental impact.
Smart Power Strips, Efficient Lighting
More steps can be taken around the office to insure that the workplace is using energy efficiently. Plugging computers and appliances into smart power strips keeps these products from using electricity when they are not being used. After everyone clocks out the power strips can tell that the devices are no longer being used and can disconnect from the outlet automatically. This keeps appliances and electronics from using “vampire power” which can add up to a big electric bill for larger offices. Efficient lighting techniques can also add up to huge savings. Placing automatic dimmers than turn off lights when no one is present, or dim the lights when there is enough natural lighting, can help to save up to 30% on energy costs.
These are in no way the only ways businesses can help save money, and the planet. The important factor is realizing that going green does not equal higher operating costs; the opposite is almost always true. Not only do businesses save money, but they also increase their public image and their employees pride in the company.
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Posted in Automotive, Clean Energy, Energy, Energy Conservation, Technology, Transportation
Posted on 19 June 2012.
This guest post is by Erika Celario of TONERGREEN blog.
“Going Green,” you’ve probably encountered this term a thousand times over the internet, in newspapers or ad campaigns on TV. You might also be wondering, “what does it really mean?” Well, if you think taking an action to preserve our natural resources to help the environment needs a considerable amount of time and effort or a serious devotion to our planet, then you might want to reconsider that thought. “Going Green” actually doesn’t need to cost you that much effort, time or money. It actually can be one of the easiest things to do. In fact, “Going Green” actually saves you money. All you need is to simply change some habits and the products you support to easily put a tint of green in your lifestyle.
Going Green In Your Home
You can go green at your house, simply by using electronic appliances and products. Why don’t you change those regular bulbs you use to CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights) and LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs? These types of light bulbs are more energy-efficient and last up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs. Or why don’t you choose buying Energy-Star qualified appliances the next time you hit the market for new electronics? Energy-Star qualified appliances use less energy, save money and protect the environment. You can also cut down the amount of chemicals you are using in your kitchen and bathroom by using eco-friendly products instead. Companies like Coleman, Woolrich and Desert Essence make green soaps, shampoos and lotions. Incorporate the 3Rs in your everyday life: reduce, recycle and reuse. There are a lot of non-biodegradable materials that you can still use like those plastic bags. By simply reusing your plastic bags, you are helping the environment reduce waste on its landfills. And talk about non-biodegradable waste, plastic takes 500 years to break down.
“Don’t blow it—good planets are hard to find.”
- Times Magazine
Going Green In Your Office
You can easily incorporate a green lifestyle even in the office. You might even suggest the following eco-friendly tips to your management considering the fact that these tips doesn’t just help the environment they also reduce your office’s expenses: (1) develop a green purchasing policy, most eco-friendly materials cost less, like recycled papers and remanufactured toner cartridges, which are also called eco-friendly cartridges in your office printing; (2) use power strips to turn off electronics when not in use. 75% of the electricity used to power office equipment can be consumed while these electronics are turned off. You can simply avoid this by pugging them into a power strip that can be shut off at the end of each day to consume less electricity; (3) buy Energy Star qualified electronic products, Energy Star computers, printers and other business machines conserve up to 75% of your electricity compared to standard models. Energy Star products saved Americans more than $3.5 billion in energy costs; (4) recycle your office materials, you don’t have to throw away those unwanted one-sided printouts, they can be used for printing drafts and writing notes; and (5) green commuting, according to the 2011 Annual Urban Mobility Report, American workers spend an average of 47 hours per year commuting through rush hour traffic. You can avoid this hassle by carpooling, taking public transit, biking or walking. This reduces the considerable amount of 23 billion gallons of gas wasted in traffic each year.
You see, “Going Green” won’t necessarily complicate or change your lifestyle drastically. It just requires simple changes to make a positive impact on our environment. “Going Green” doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s actually the other way around. By making small changes in your everyday routine, you can save yourself some green while helping the world become greener place.
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Posted in Energy, Energy Conservation, Lifestyle