Post Earth Day Tips for Small Business Energy Saving
This not another Earth Day post. This is a post-Earth Day reminder to small business owners that, just because it’s not an official day of recognition for the health of our planet, it doesn’t mean that they should forget the promises they made to themselves in a fit of green tinged zeal a day ago. Like New Year’s resolutions, Earth Day promises carry a lot of potential but amount to nothing if never acted upon. Here are some ways that you can act on those promises you made, without costing your business or your productivity.
Add some plants to your business environment. We can’t stress enough how great plants are for your office. They can manage stress, reduce your overall carbon footprint, they look great, and are often easy to take care of. What’s not to like?
Create an off switch policy. One of the biggest problems leading to energy waste in small business environments is simply not turning off lights and other electronic appliances that are not needed. Post some reminders next to switches in communal areas and remind your employees to turn off appliances that are not in use. Lights often get left on because nobody feels like it is their responsibility to shut them off. If each of your employees understands that this leads to waste, you can avoid excess power usage more effectively.
Use less paper. Cloud computing, email, dropboxing and myriad other technologies are making it so that small business owners not only have the option of reducing the amount of paper that they use during the week, but that going paperless can actually increase their productivity. You don’t need to completely replace paper in your office, but the odds are good that there are at least a few ways that you can eliminate a wasteful process using technology.
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