Committing to becoming a socially conscious business takes some effort and adjustment. More and more people are considering businesses that take an active role in reducing their carbon footprint, places that they want to spend their money and time. But aside from the social responsibility, you can save some serious cash.
Deciding to take steps to become an eco-friendly business can help with the morale among your employees and seriously improve your bottom line. Here are a few ideas that you can implement that will help you on your path to reducing your carbon footprint.
Get Rid of Paper Documents
Decide to stop paper memos from circulating the office. In our digital world, it is much easier to message or email documents that you want your staff to see. We waste a ton of paper every year. In fact, paper is responsible for 40% of the waste in the United States alone. This is a staggering number. Not to mention the energy waste and environmental ramifications of producing so much paper every year.
Think about how much money your company spends a year on paper supplies and printing ink and imagine if you could cut that number in half.
Invest in an Energy Management System
Most business need help to get a grasp on what they are spending on energy bills every month. This is an area that you can save money on and become eco-friendly. By utilizing an energy management system, you will be able to take a hard look at what your company spends.
You can then identify areas that you can improve on, such as turning the lights out when you leave a room or investing in energy saving office equipment. The most important thing is that you are aware of the energy spent and are taking steps to improve it.
Switch Your Lightbulbs
Switching from halogen to LED lightbulbs makes excellent sense for your business. LED light bulbs use about 55% less energy than a halogen and 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb. If that isn't enough to convince you, how about the length of use?
An LED bulb lasts 25 times longer than a halogen light bulb. So even though they cost more, you are not replacing them nearly as often, so they save you money in the long run on supplies and your electric bill.
Consider installing dimmers and automatic timers on your lights and power strips. There are plenty of lower traffic areas and rooms in your office that do not need to have the lights on. You can also make sure your electronics are using power save mode and that when you are replacing office equipment, you are opting for energy saving choices.
Reducing your carbon footprint will not only help you to save money, but it is also the right thing to do for our future. By committing to becoming a socially responsible company, you are taking an active role in helping our future.