Nearly everyone is feeling the effects of climate change, and your business will be no different. We’re urged to go green, recycle and cut emissions, but it’s not always easy to do so.
There are several simple things you can do, however. From new transportation methods to swapping equipment, you should look at your business and make changes. Energy consumption is a drain on the Earth, so here are some easy tips to make your business more environmentally friendly.
Think laptop, not desktop
Constantly having desktops plugged in uses a tonne of power. It’s likely you’ll have a monitor as well as a tower, so that’s two appliances. Switching to laptops means you don’t have to plug them in, and the added portability gives you and your employees more flexibility. They could work from home, or from anywhere in the office, because they’re using battery power.
Elevators and stair lifts cost money and electricity. A lot of electricity. Instead, invest in self balancing scooters or segways to give your employees a fun way to get from A to B.
What’s more, these vehicles don’t emit harmful gases, making them safe all around. This is a common transportation method over at Google HQ, so why shouldn’t you do it too?!
Unnecessary office lighting
People tend to use more lights than they need, and it’s easy to overdo it. However, simply opening up the blinds and letting the sunshine in can cut your electricity usage instantly. Most offices will operate during daylight hours, so use this time wisely.
Additionally, automatic lighting in areas like the bathroom can help. This means the light will only turn on when somebody opens the door, so it’s not on all day long.
Biodegradable cleaning materials
Using biodegradable cleaners reduces contact with harmful chemicals and stops them affecting the environment. You can buy biodegradable soap, shampoo, toilet cleaner, you name it. If your office is a large space, you’ll need a lot of cleaning materials. So the next time you buy some, go for a greener option.
Unplug appliances when not in use
Stuff like printers and copiers are useful to have, but when not needed, suck up power like crazy. Instruct your employees to unplug each machine after use, and plug it back in again when the need arises.
Have an energy audit inspection
Getting a professional to check your office can help greatly. Sealing the various cracks and leaks in your office space can cut up to 20 percent off your heating bill. Many areas can get free energy audits done, and if you’re a registered business, you may be entitled to a free one!
Hopefully you’re now well on your way to a greener business. As an added benefit, most of these tips will save you money, so it’s a great idea all round. You can potentially cut thousands of pounds off your bills and help the environment in one fell swoop. And as an added bonus, your business will be more attractive to clients who are eco-conscious.