Many of us strive to be eco-friendly and energy efficient to the best of our ability while we’re at home, so why not at the office where we spend almost as much of our time? By bringing green initiatives to the office, we can take a few more steps towards helping our environment, and we can save money while doing it. Here are a few ways you can help your office go green.
1. Go Paperless – When you think about how much you’re spending on note pads, printer paper and ink, you might be surprised by how much money you can save just by cutting down on your paper consumption. Switch to online pay stubs, use scratch paper, dry-erase boards or tech savvy smart pads to take notes, and start emailing the outlines for your meetings instead of printing them. If you have to print, use both sides of the paper or print on the back of recycled sheets.
2. Switch Out Your Light Bulbs – CFL light bulbs use 75% less energy than traditional bulbs and they last at least 6 times longer. Replacing just one traditional light bulb with an eco-friendly CFL or LED light bulb can save you some serious cash over its lifetime.
3. Toilet Paper and Paper Towels – Switch out your typical toilet paper and paper towels for recycled products instead. It’s a small step and you won’t even notice the difference. Or, take it a step further! Instead of using paper towels to dry your hands or wipe up messes, invest in a batch of cloth towels that you can wash and reuse.
4. Unplug Cords – Did you know that appliances and cords that are left plugged into the outlet still use energy even when they’re not in use? Look around your office and unplug anything that isn’t being used on a regular basis. Use a power strip for anything that you do use regularly and make it a habit to unplug it at night and over the weekends.
5. Invest in Rechargeable Batteries – With the added expense of a charger, rechargeable batteries can be a bit pricier at first but they can save you a good chunk of change in the long run if your office constantly goes through batteries.
6. Shopping For New Appliances? – Next time the coffee machine breaks or the refrigerator fizzles out, look for a model with an Energy Star stamp of approval that will use less power.
7. Get an Energy Assessment – Besides the obvious things you can do around the office to save money on bills, your business will benefit from an energy assessment in ways you might never have thought of. Schedule an energy assessment with EnerChange and we’ll personally interact with you at various levels of your business to lead you from education to implementation.
EnerChange works with nonprofits and nonprofit organizations to help them save money by saving energy. EnerChange provides free services to nonprofits to help them identify and implement energy efficiency that creates savings. Please visit us at www.enerchange.org