If you want to stand out from the competition, appeal to a large number of people who may have passed your company over in the past and save money, then there are no two ways about it – you need to make your business green.
Green companies are big business right now as more and more people realize the importance of caring for the planet, and since going green often brings monetary savings all on its own, it can be quite lucrative to go down the eco-friendly route with your company. To get you started, here are some simple ways to make your business green and hopefully save some green in the process:
Go Paperless or Use Recycled PaperIf it is possible for you to do so, going completely paperless will not only give your company’s green credentials a big boost, but it will also cut your stationery bill down massively. If you do need paper, whether for sending out invoices, packaging goods or producing documents, switch to eco-friendly recycled paper, which requires almost 50 percent less energy to produce and which is often much cheaper to buy.
Use Managed Print ServicesCompanies that offer Managed Print Services are a godsend to businesses looking to go green and save money. They work by optimizing all of your printing devices/practices so that you use less ink and less energy creating your vital printed documents.
Switch to CFL or LED Bulbs
If you’re still using old-style light bulbs in your office, not only are you wasting a lot of money on lighting your workspace, but you’re causing more harm to the environment than is really necessary. By simply switching to LED or CFL bulbs, you will use less energy, have to change bulbs less often and save as much as $200 per light bulb over its lifespan!
Use Energy Star AppliancesSure, you’ll have to spend some money in advance, but replacing old inefficient appliances with Energy Star-rated appliances, which are much more efficient and a lot better for the environment is sensible if you use a lot of equipment and your company’s utility bills are high.
Have Your Office Energy AuditedIf you want to make your business more eco-friendly and save money, but you really don’t know where to start or what you’re doing right and wrong already, it could be a good move to organize an Energy Auditor to check out your office space. This will highlight any issues that could be causing you to be less efficient than you’d like, such as using the wrong bulbs or working from a building than is inefficiently insulated.
Consider TelecommutingIf you want to really save money, green your business and increase overall efficiency, you should seriously consider allowing some, or even all of your staff, if possible, to telecommute. By doing so, you’ll cut down on pollution caused by commuting staff, cut down on utility usage at your office and make life easier for your employees. What’s not to love?
Do you run a green business? What are your top tips for increasing eco-friendliness and saving money?