Going Green: Trim Your Energy Usage, Not Your Bottomline.
Monitoring and being mindful of office supply usage can help you do better for the environment and for yourself. You’d be surprised how much money the average business wastes on things like paper goods, ink, toner and other office supplies. But have you ever considered your company’s energy usage? You should.
According to the US Department of Energy, lighting and heating and cooling are the largest energy consumers for your business. A lot of people, particularly business owners, tend to just pay off bills as they come for things like utilities without looking into them.
To be a green business, you might want to take a closer look at the energy bill the next time it comes in.
That bill can serve as a sort of self-audit on your consumption. Where are you using the most energy? Are they days or times where it peaks? Checking up on your energy bill and understanding what you’re using and what you’re being charged for can be the first step in finding ways to operate cheaper and more efficiently, without doing harm to your business.
Plus, most utility providers will offer specials and discounts to consumers who want to be environmentally conscious. You never know what pilot programs and projects they might have available for you and your business. All it takes is asking.
You might even qualify for a free pro energy audit that can turn over things you might never realize. You could be wasting money heating and cooling areas that don’t need it, or inefficiently.
What happens when your business closes? Is there a policy for switching lights off, appliances, hardware and computers? While for most people, it’s common sense to switch off a light if you’re leaving a room, you might be surprised how many businesses waste hours of energy by leaving certain lights and other electronics on and running when no one is using them.
Create a closing policy for your business - a protocol for team members to follow and check over when they’re the last out of the office. Switch off all your lights and consider which appliances need to be plugged in and running overnight. Label light switches and encourage employees not to turn lights on in areas that aren’t being used.
You can even consider transitioning to a motion sensor light system so all of those things can be taken care of automatically.
And of course, replace traditional light bulbs with energy efficient ones. If you have access to windows, encourage employees to use natural light from outdoors to work and less indoor lights.
You’d be surprised how much money you waste each and every day by operating your office inefficiently - not to mention the impact it has on the environment needlessly.
Have we convinced you to try to make your company green yet? If so, check back for our tips on how you move your operations into environmental sustainability.