You probably already know that being eco-friendly is all the rage right now. And, you probably think that you should do the same with your company. There’s just one obstacle standing in your way – you think that going green is expensive and that you cannot afford that.
Nothing is farther from the truth than that. Going green is not always simple, but it is certainly not expensive, and it probably won’t take too much of your time and money.
Let’s take a look at how you can green up your company without going out of business.
Turn off equipment
In order to conserve energy, you need to change the mindset of the employees in your organization. Tell them always to turn off the equipment when it’s not being used. By doing so, you can reduce the usage of energy by 25 percent. For the best results, turn off the computers after work hours and save an additional 25 percent.
An even better way to save energy is to switch to Energy Star appliances. Look for the yellow tags when you’re purchasing your next appliance and reap the benefits over time.
Change the way of communication
Some bosses love having everything printed out and stored somewhere, but that’s not really green. In order to become a green company, you need to encourage communication by email, and you need to print out only the most important messages.
Bonus tip: Print double-sided documents whenever possible to save money and our planet.
Refurbish office furniture
In order to make your office glow, you need to purchase new furniture, right? Wrong. Unless you plan on redesigning your whole office, don’t discard old furniture. Refurbishing old furniture is far less expensive than buying new one, and it’s certainly much better for the environment.
If you can’t completely eliminate plastic from your office, then, at least, discourage the use of plastic bottles. Install a water filtration system in the office and save time and money by avoiding the habit of buying bottled water and throwing away the plastic package.
Add natural lighting
Natural light has numerous benefits. It makes us feel more comfortable and productive, and it prevents various diseases. The easiest way to make your workers feel happy and healthy while saving money at the same time is to make a one-time investment by introducing the skylights.
Don’t worry, skylights are great solution (at least, if you compare that investment with paying big bills in the future). It will also do wonders for your workers, as well as plants in the office.
You do have plants in your office, right? If you don’t, do the right thing and introduce them now. After all, you want your business to be green, and there’s nothing greener than plants.
Replace light bulbs
If installing the skylight is not an option, then you might consider replacing old light bulbs with CFL and LED bulbs. These bulbs last much longer than standard bulbs, their glow is more natural and can save you up to even $200 per bulb over time.
Serve brain food
The most valuable energy in your office is human energy. Without your workers, your company is nothing. Keep your team healthy by offering them brain food. Put a couple of bowls with nuts and organic fruits and vegetables around the office and let your workers re-energize whenever they can.
Use green cleaning products
If you love the smell of a clean office, then you should know one important thing – many of those scents are incredibly toxic. Because of that, you need to switch to green cleaning products. They are expensive, but they’re also concentrated and will save you money in the long run.
Demonstrate your leadership and your commitment to making this planet a better place to live by doing everything possible to green up your business and keep your employees healthy. Create a safe future for all of us by joining the business leaders who’re always looking for new ways to make their companies more eco-friendly.