“Sustainability,” “go green,” “eco-friendly,” “carbon footprint” … for many businesses, adopting environmental practices can help cut costs (while taking care of the earth at the same time). Talk about a win-win!
Motion-activated light switches keep lights on for a few minutes (whenever they detect movement). Then they power down when you don’t need them.
75% of electricity used to power electronics is consumed while they are turned off. Manage usage by connecting devices to power strips and use its on/off switch to cut all power to your appliances.
Adjusting the office thermostat a few degrees can make a big difference to your energy costs. So try to find a compromise between freezing and sweating. (Or pass around some energy-efficient fans and space heaters).
Instead of using central air conditioning, save money with portable air conditioners or window air conditioner units. This controlled cooling plan will help you avoid wasting energy on empty meeting rooms and unused offices.
Dirty HVAC filters make it harder for equipment to move air, using more energy and resulting in lower indoor air quality.
In offices or locations where you don’t use a lot of hot water, consider tankless water heaters — they are more efficient and to reduce storage costs and waste.
Power your office with solar panels. You can actually make money on your bills in some places by providing power back to the energy company.
Natural, biodegradable cleaning products reduces exposure to harsh toxins and other chemicals — both to you and the environment.
Though LED light fixtures and LED light bulbs are a bit more expensive than incandescent bulbs, they last about 10 times longer and can cut energy use by up to 75% (over time, saving you up to $200 per bulb). You’ll also replace less bulbs and reduce waste.
Energy Star appliances are rated to be more efficient. They may have a slightly higher price tag, but the long term savings (energy, cost, and environmental) are worth it.
Opt for hand dryers in your restrooms to cut the cost and waste of paper towels.
All you need to start is a few designated recycling bins to give those old documents and other paper items new use in other products. Take it to the next level and use recycled printer paper, napkins, and other paper goods. (Bonus: hang some recycling signs around the office to promote your new program.)
Here’s a few tips to help conserve this valuable resource (and save a little money, in the process).
Whenever possible, using rechargeable batteries in your electronics can reduce waste — they can be recharged and reused hundreds of times. Recharging a battery is more energy efficient than the cost and energy of making new batteries.
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