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Top 5 Ways to Go Green and Save Green in the Office
The phrase, ‘Going Green’ often refers to the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But that’s only the start of it. When owning a business, it is important to investigate the ways in which going green can have a much larger impact on the environment.
Check out these five energy efficient practices that can be quickly introduced in the workplace to improve company spending, employee health, and the environment.
1. Create an end-of-day routine
Get into a rhythm of closing up shop. Before you head out for the day, power off your computer, turn off lights, and unplug what you can from wall outlets. If you share an office with others, develop a standard operating procedure for the entire workspace. You are more likely to stick to a routine by getting others around you involved and that will allow you to create a larger, lasting impact throughout the entire office.
2. Install recycling bins
Place four receptacles in a high traffic areas for everyone to recycle their paper, glass bottles, aluminum cans, and plastic containers. Find a few old cardboard boxes instead of purchasing plastic recycling bins from a store and line them with large trash bags. Remove the trash bags from each receptacle when full and take the items to a recycling centers. Depending on your state, you could potentially receive money back on the recycled items and funds can be returned to your organization for future use.
3. Purchase refillable water coolers
It’s easy to buy a bottle of water from a store, but the cost can add up quickly. Convenience usually outweighs costs, but what if you could make them both an option? Purchase a water cooler for the office and encourage others to bring a refillable cup from home. Employees will have quick access to water at all times without having to spend an arm and a leg on bottled water. Donation boxes can be displayed so everyone can help pitch in to the community water fund; still a less expensive option than buying water bottles individually.
4. Reevaluate your commute
Ask yourself what you can do differently to commute to work. Are you close enough to ride a bicycle or walk to work? Maybe you can carpool with coworkers in the area or utilize public transportation. Some people only have one option to get to work. If that is the case for you, explore other areas you can reduce your mileage on the road. Carpool with friends to lunch or a meeting in another location and walk as much as you can to increase your mobility through day. Work your way to a healthier you and a healthier and a healthier environment.
5. Invest in Nest
Nest is a thermostat with energy-saving features that ultimately puts money back in your wallet. You can manually control the temperature in the room and in just a few days it will track the pattern to create a personalized schedule for the office. Nest tracks when no one is using the area and will turn off to save money. It even has a leaf icon to indicate the setting where you are saving the most money on energy. And best of all, the Nest app lets you can control it from anywhere at any time and even allows you to see how much energy you use every day with an option to use less.
Follow these tips to encourage an eco-friendly office and way of life. Little by little, each individual can make a big difference in a small way.