Adopting a ‘greener' strategy within your business is a great idea. Not only will it help you stand apart in your industry as eco-friendly, but it can actually help your bottom line.
Just some of the benefits to going green include:
- Help save the planet
- Reduce manufacturing costs
- Reduce operating costs
- Strengthen your reputation
- Increase sales
In fact, an impressive 65 percent of consumers think it's important to buy from environmentally responsible companies. So we've put together 6 ways in which you can make your business greener, to help give you some inspiration!
1. Become temperature smart
Keeping your office at a good working temperature is important, but there are ways that you can strive to be greener with the energy you consume. Did you know that air conditioning can increase a building's energy consumption and associated carbon emissions by up to 100 percent?
Your first step should be to check that your A/C machine is as efficient as it can be. Dated models can use more energy than needed, so shop around for one that will be efficient for your business.
It's also wise to consider whether the A/C needs to be installed in every room of your office. If you have rooms that you barely use then find a system that will let you take control over the temperature in each room. Keep your machine maintained regularly and only use it during working hours.
2. Reduce lighting usage
Lighting is another expense that you can cut down on within your business. Various countries across the world have started to ban incandescent light bulbs because they are not energy-efficient. Although it's not mandatory in the U.S.A, an energy saving light bulb is a great idea to cut down on costs and save energy.
If you don't want to use an energy-saving bulb then think about installing lighting that have built-in sensors, so they only come on when you walk into a room. That way, if you forget to turn your light switch off, you won't be wasting any additional energy as it will automatically turn off.
Just like your A/C, only use lighting when necessary, and encourage your employees to switch off lights whenever they exit a room.
3. Don't buy unnecessary products
Take a look at the life cycle of the products you use in your office and think about whether you really need them. For example the amount of paper that is used in an office is often not necessary. Did you know that an office of 100 people, typically saves as much as 40 hours per month by avoiding paper?
By not using paper, you will save yourself time, money and the environment. Whenever possible, you should choose to go digital. Say for example you need to grab a signature from a client or customer. Normally you would have to wait weeks for them to sign it and post it back to you, but if you use an eSignature platform, you'll streamline the process and use less paper!
Other products that create unnecessary waste include batteries for your mouse or keyboard. Whenever possible, try not to use wireless products as they can cause excess drain on the environment.
4. Cut back on water consumption
Water consumption is a huge waste that can be avoided if you put in a little thought and effort. It's estimated that we waste as much as 35-50 percent of the energy and water that flows into our buildings.
Shrewd business owners are now starting to collect rainwater, in order to conserve water and cut down on their bills. If you want to do this then consider installing a water retention system onto your building so you can collect rainwater and re-use it.
Just like an ageing A/C system, it's wise to take a look at your toilets and see if you need to update them. Installing new faucets or low-flow toilets is another way to cut back on water and save money. The good news it that some state governments will help with the cost of rainwater retention systems or a faucet, by offering tax credits.
5. Go green on transportation
If you use vehicles within your business then you need to make sure that they are as green as can be. Although there may be an initial high expense in buying new cars for your business, you will save in the long run.
An eco-friendly vehicle can help you spend less on fuel costs, they can run for longer distances without having to fuel up, and they produce low CO2 emissions. You can now purchase cars that will automatically switch off if you are stopped at traffic lights, so that you are being as efficient as possible while on the road.
If you really wanted to save on the cost of gas then why not consider purchasing a hybrid car? These vehicles run on electric for shorter journeys and gasoline for longer drives and high speeds. Again, some state governments will also offer a tax deduction on eco-friendly cars.
6. Recycle whenever possible
By adopting a recycle program in your office you can actually reduce your trash costs by up to 60 — 70 percent. Try and encourage your employees to recycle when possible, by providing them with color-coded containers to dispose of various materials.
In addition to products that can be recycled such as paper or batteries, consider the amount of food that you throw away each day. There are composting programs available that let you recycle unused food, help the environment, and cut down on your disposal costs.
Some landfill sites even offer a reduction on your disposal waste if you have a composting program within your business.
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We hope these top 6 tips offer you some inspiration on how you can become greener and more profitable.
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