Being environmentally can reduce overhead costs at your business, improve efficiency and boost your brand’s reputation. For many businesses, being eco-friendly is not a choice anymore. The Australian government and also international bodies demand certain sustainable practises from businesses. So, if you want to make your business more “green,” and enjoy a number of benefits, here are several useful tips:
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Go Paper Free
One of the simplest and easiest ways to run a green office is to reduce all paper use to a bare minimum. Stop printing everything on paper, and try to transfer files electronically. If you switch to cloud storage instead of paper storage, you can store more files at a drastically reduced cost, and also make file transfers quick and easy. Aim to reduce paper waste at the office and get employees to communicate electronically. Print only if absolutely needed, and do so on both sides of the page. Eliminating paper use will also cut operational costs.
All offices should recycle. For most businesses, using recycling binds is enough. If your business generates a lot of waste, consider hiring a recycling waste management company. If you don’t have the expertise to recycle, these companies can do the recycling for you. Also, waste management companies can recycle packaging waste, return plastic waste to manufacturer and also get rid of e-waste safely. This is an option even small businesses can consider to be more cost-efficient.
Replace Older Light Fixtures with Energy-Saving Ones
Energy saving light bulbs can save hundreds, or even thousands, dollars per month at the office. If your office building has older light bulbs, it’s worthwhile to get them all replaces with newer, energy-saving options. The initial costs will be covered by the amount of money you save over time.
Buy Office Appliances with Energy Star Ratings
Make sure than the appliances at your office, like coolers, refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers, all have energy star ratings. The higher the rating, the more money and waste you will save. It’s also not a bad idea to replace older appliances with new ones with the rating. Not only will you save overhead monthly costs, you will also reduce the fire hazard level at the office.
Use Natural Light during Daytime
Some offices have tiny windows or windows always covered in blinds, employees sometimes have light bulbs turned on during daytime. Make sure this is not the case at your office. During daytime, your office should depend on natural sunlight. You can install large windows not hindered by furniture or other trappings to make sure sunlight pours in freely. Well-lit rooms are also great for employee productivity.
Consider Installing Solar Panels
You can save a lot of money spend on electricity over time by installing solar panels. Australia is a continent that gets plenty of sunlight all year around. Don’t let this energy go to waste. If you plan on using the current office space for a while, seriously consider switching to solar power at least in part. If the office has a roof, installation will be easy too.
Going green has many benefits in terms of cost and reputation. So, try implementing at least one of the above suggestions to be more environmentally friendly from now on.