In addition, it can give your business a competitive edge by attracting the best employees, as well as new customers and investors who are environmentally conscious. Here are some ways your business can go green and save lots of money.
Normally, printing wastes trees, uses lots of energy and costs businesses thousands of dollars in expenses each year. But, as much as you’d like to go completely digital, printing is sometimes inevitable. So how do you print in a way that’s less expensive and causes less damage to the environment?
Try customizing the default settings of your printer to make it more cost-effective and environmentally friendly. You can do so by selecting duplex (double-sided) printing as your default mode to cut your paper supply costs by half. In addition, consider reducing font sizes, and increasing the margins on your documents to allow more texts to fit on each page. This helps to print on fewer pages, thereby decreasing energy and paper costs.
Recycle and Reuse Scrap Paper
Recycling papers help to save energy, trees, water, chemicals and money. So, if the information contained in your used documents isn’t very sensitive, encourage your staff to shred them after use and place them in the recycle bin. They can be used later for making packing materials or given to employees to take home for making compost manure.
In addition, encourage the reuse of scrap paper for taking notes, instead of using new notepads, to help reduce the cost of paper supplies.
Replace Outdated Office Appliances with Greener Counterparts
Another way to go green and save money is by replacing your current office appliances with energy-saving ones. But, since that can be very expensive when done at once, do so gradually by choosing energy star appliances the next time you want to replace that old or faulty fax machine. Since energy star appliances use less energy than their regular counterparts, you’ll be able to lower electricity bills considerably.
Replace Standard Bulbs With LED and CFL Lights
This is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to make your business greener. LED and CFL lights may both require more money to buy than standard incandescent bulbs, but they last longer and use less energy, thus enabling your business to save more money in the long run.
Most employees will be excited when given the opportunity to work from home because they’ll be able to spend more time with their families.
However, did you know that your business can also benefit by introducing telecommuting to your staff?
Fewer employees reporting to work means fewer cars on the parking lot, and less parking fees for your business. Just make sure to motivate them so that they can maintain their productivity even at home.
Replace Individual Devices with Multi-functional Products
Instead of purchasing individual fax machines, scanners, printers and photocopiers, buy one product that can copy, fax, scan and print. By doing so, you’ll be able to decrease energy consumption and save money by buying supplies for a single device instead of many.
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- Heather S. Ransom
- Not a Pipe Publishing
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Gary Gilchrist, Susan Hill, Jeff Troesch
- Edition no. First Edition (07/07/2009)
- Yearling Books
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