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How You Save Energy and Money by Turning Your Company Green

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 26, 2018

With many companies trying to gain an advantage over their rivals, competition is getting increasingly fierce. It means that you need to find ways to stay competitive and get the edge over your fellow companies. One way that you can try to save money is by making your company more environmentally-friendly. There are many things you can do that will not only be great for the planet but also save you energy and money. It is also a good angle to promote to your customers, as many of them will be impressed by your determination to be more green and conscious company.

Ditch the Paper

One straightforward way that you can go green is to stop using paper in your company. Many big organizations have tried to do this in the past, but it was more difficult a few years ago because computers were still evolving. Now, there is a much greater use of technology which means less reliance on paper. Almost any company can now function entirely without paper if they choose, so it makes it an easy first step to going green. If you need to use paper for certain functions, then try to use Post-Consumer Waste paper or PCW. Unlike recycled paper, PCW is only made from recycled materials. It makes it a much greener option, and it uses 45 percent less energy to produce than regular paper. You should be aiming for PCW that says its 100 percent, that way you know that it is completely recycled. If 100 percent isn’t available to you, then try to find the highest percentage possible.

Switch to Biodegradable Cleaning Products

If you are employing your own cleaners, or if you are a small business where you are also the cleaner, then try using biodegradable products. These types of cleaning materials don’t contain the harsh chemicals that regular cleaners do. It makes them a lot safer to use and much better for the environment. Some chemicals when they have washed away in the sinks or toilets are not able to break down in the water. It means that if the water is then pumped into the sea, these chemicals can hurt the marine life. There are now many products on the market that are biodegradable and so are safe to be used.

Use Energy Efficient Lighting

Many offices have used the regular long fluorescent bulbs for many years. They were always seen as a more efficient way of lighting, and they saved energy. However, with the recent introduction of compact fluorescent lighting or CFL and LED lights, the humble regular fluorescent bulb has been replaced. The newer CFL lights are now considered to be far more efficient than the older bulbs and last a lot longer. With the pace of technology running so high, there is already what many consider a replacement for the CFL bulbs. New LED lights are now being used in supermarkets and offices because of the huge energy saving they provide. On average, it is thought that one bulb can save around $200 over time. You don’t have to go out and replace all your old bulbs all at once, but you can replace them with the newer CFL or LED varieties as they blow.

Seek Greener Alternatives for Your Office Equipment

Offices are one of those environments where there is a lot of machinery all running at the same time. It isn’t just computers, but also printers, servers, and projectors. All of these machines are usually running all day and using a lot of energy, but, there are ways that you can save on the energy they use. You can start by trying to find greener alternatives and replacing them over time. There is now an increasing number of companies that manufacture greener office equipment, and ones that can recycle toner cartridges and paper. Most appliances now have the energy star rating on them which allows you to see their energy use and the cost to you over time. It helps you make an informed choice about what equipment you are using.

Get an Energy Audit to See What You Can Change

Many states are now offering a free energy audit designed to help both households and businesses to save energy. They assess where energy is being lost through cracks in windows or poor insulation and recommend ways to fix it. Just by doing this, it is estimated that you could save 20 percent off your heating and cooling bills which is a lot of savings. If you lease your office space, then you need to contact your agent and tell them about the repairs that are needed to the property. If you own the building, or you have a home office, then you should aim to repair all the places where heating or cooling can escape.

Use Alternative Energy

Although energy generated from solar, wind or geothermal power is still referred to as an alternative, there are more people switching to using it all the time. Solar power, in particular, is growing in popularity, mainly because of the way you can sell your excess energy to the utility providers. If you are at home, then it is easy to arrange a solar panel installation through your local company. They will fit everything for you, and then you can start to generate your own power. You can also use solar energy in your office to help cut the costs of your energy bills. Wind power is not as popular except in those areas where the wind speed is high most of the time. Geothermal power is something that more households are now considering, it uses pipes under the soil to heat the water for use in showers and heating. It can also be used in an office environment, but perhaps not as successfully as the others.

Encourage Public Transport

With oil rapidly becoming an extinct resource, other forms of power are now being tested to get us from point A to point B. There has been a big surge in the hybrid car in recent years which uses gas and electricity in tandem to power the car. These have been found to be highly efficient, but better than all-electric vehicles because of their range. If you need to have vehicles for your company, then consider using an alternative fuel car such as a hybrid. It will save you money on fuel costs, and it’s better for the environment. You should also be encouraging your workers to take public transport instead of driving to work. Perhaps you can even offer an incentive such as some extra days leave if they take public transport for a certain number of weeks per year.

Alternative Recycling

As well as the traditional forms of office recycling such as paper, toner, and plastic, there are other ways that you can be green. For example, why not try to reuse old office furniture instead of buying new? There are many companies who will offer used furniture that has been barely used. You can do the same thing for your computer systems and your printers. Some companies offer refurbished systems that are also cheaper than new computers but work just as well. Perhaps instead of buying new fleet vehicles or leasing them, you can buy used cars that have been tested for quality and safety. It is a particularly good idea for those companies that don’t do a lot of miles each year as it won’t make any difference what the original mileage was.

Use Green Companies

As a company that is trying to become greener, you need to start choosing those companies you work with in the same way. Look for companies that have a strong environmentally friendly ethos so that you can both work towards the same thing. One way to do this is to choose green web hosting company. There are a few such companies that use renewable energy, plant trees and save energy as a way to offset their energy usage. By switching to these types of company, you are supporting a green company and also helping to promote that to others.

Cut Out the Office Altogether

An office environment can never be completely green, so some companies have decided not to have an office at all. These companies have all their workers working from home and thus, save a lot of money and energy. They are then using the money they have saved to build their brand and their customer base. Not all companies can achieve this, but if your company doesn’t need an office, then this could be a serious consideration.

Becoming a greener company is more than just about trying to appeal to your customers, it is also about the environment. If you can start to make the change to greener living, then other new companies will see that they can do so too. You will need the support of your staff and some inspiration to make it work, but the results are worth it. 

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