The fact that it took just 90 companies to cause two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions from the dawn of industrial age should make today’s businesses more concerned for the well being of our planet. Even though you’re not producing oil, gas or coal, you have a responsibility to be the drop in the sea that will eventually become an ocean and finally set the world free from man-made pollution. Create your own green office and give a good example to the rest of the corporate world. Here are some easy ways to do that.
We are living in a mostly digital age, where all the documents can be shared via e-mails or cloud, so there is no need to use so much paper. Printing will soon become obsolete, fortunately for the trees, so try to get used to that fact. If you really have to print something maximize the paper value by printing double-sided pages or reducing page sizes to a half. Speaking of printing, you should reconsider the way you are using ink and toner cartridges and find the versions that reduce the office’s carbon footprint and that can be recycled.
Switch to Energy-Saving Lighting
Did you know that incandescent light bulbs put most of the power they receive into heating instead of lighting? Get rid of these energy vampires and switch to more energy-efficient options such as tubular fluorescent lamps, CFLs or LED lights. Note that the first two mentions contain mercury and therefore are more difficult to recycle.
Office spaces are prone to poor indoor air quality due to volatile organic compounds produced by paint, carpeting, printed materials, photocopy machines, cleaning supplies and other common substances. Open windows aren’t always the most practical solutions, and some air-conditioning devices only make the same air circulate through the space. The best solution comes in the form of highly-efficient Martec exhaust fans which can keep the air fresh and the humidity at bay.
Have you ever left your office to talk with someone in the conference room and didn’t turn off the light? It doesn’t seem like a huge problem, but if more than 10 people in the office space are doing that several times a day, it can become one. Also, it is important to turn off the computers and other devices when you are leaving the office and to plug them off completely.
Laptops use up to 80 percent less electricity than their desktop counterparts and one-fifth as much energy, depending on the model, of course. Laptops have smaller PSUs and therefore lower potential for maximum power consumption, but the lower performance should be quite sufficient for performing everyday work-related tasks.
Get Energy Star Rated Devices
Most of the office spaces have some kind of refrigerator, stove, coffee machine and other appliances. The fact that they don’t make an essential part of work operations often puts them on the very bottom of the priority list for replacing. However, older machines tend to use up to several times more energy than new Energy Star rated devices, and if you invest in them now, they will soon pay themselves.
Get Some Office Plants
Plants are natural air purifiers, but they bring along a lot of other benefits too. Namely, having a plant in the office can lift the staff’s spirits and reduce stress. This naturally leads to increase in productivity and higher levels of concentration. The simplest benefit is making the office a nicer place to work in and pleasant surroundings for clients and associates. Plants will give you a green office aesthetically and consciously!
Businesses, more than individuals, have the responsibility of being in the forefront of the environmental awareness. Create a green office to not only reduce your energy bills and contribute to the future of our planet, but to also create a positive image about your company in public. What are some ways you go green?