Offices are just as prone to being environmentally-degrading as homes are. A lot of the time, offices are much more environmentally-degrading than homes because employees do not care about the money being wasted on unnecessary energy. Here are some ways you can go green in your office:
- Turn your computer on sleep. Rather than use a screensaver, set up your computer so that it sleeps after 15 minutes of inactivity. Try to use a laptop if possible. Your computer monitor eats up a lot of energy.
- Invoice using email rather than paper. Try to integrate e-commerce methods into your office, and invoice digitally. This will save you on paper and ink.
- Encourage recycling in the office. Keep plenty of recycling bins around the office. Only keep one garbage bin so that employees throw out trash more wisely.
- Use an all-in-one printer rather than just a regular printer. An all-in-one device saves power, because you are only using one device rather than plenty. A scanner/fax/photocopier/printer is much better than four different devices.
- Use power-strips on each cubicle/office, and encourage employees to switch them off when they are not in use, or if they are done for the day. This will stop any unnecessary energy from being used.
- Try to conduct conferences online instead of traveling to one location. This will cut down on unnecessary fuel consumption because of commuting.
Going green in the office is very important. Setting rules and starting good habits will help your employees at home as well as while at work.