- Become Energy Smart – Use energy efficient equipment (computers, phones, fax machines, copiers, etc.). If your office equipment is not energy efficient, chances are it’s old, not great for the environment and costing you a whole lot of money. If you’re putting this off for financial reasons – don’t. There are many states that offer consumer rebates when you purchase office equipment such as this. There are also some lenders who provide small businesses with loans to upgrade their equipment and programs who offer grants for companies interested in purchasing energy efficient equipment and electronics.
- Power Down – It’s very easy to forget to power down your computer at the end of the day or turn off your copier or fax machine. But, by doing so, you’re helping to save energy and money. It’s like leaving your television on when you’re not home. You would never do that intentionally, yet we don’t think twice about leaving our office equipment on all night. Make it a point to shut down your computer and have the last person who leaves for the day turn off everything else.
- Cut Back on Your Paper Trail – Cut back on your paper use by keeping all of your files nicely backed up on your computer, scanning instead of copying and saying goodbye to acquiring business cards and rolodexes by bringing your contacts into the digital age with Plaxo. If you do need to use paper once in awhile buy recycled paper and print on both sides. You can also get recycled envelopes which would be totally awesome of you.
- Replace, Reuse, Recycle – Take a walk around your office and find out what should be replaced, reused and recycled. Change out your old light bulbs with energy efficient ones. Need another desk for that new employee? Pick one up at a local thrift shop or secondhand store and refurbish it. If you don’t have the time, find a business that sells reclaimed furniture ready to go. You can also reuse boxes and other forms of packaging for the same purpose. Recycle anything that can be recycled. If you’re unsure, visit your city/state website for information on what can be placed in the recycling bin.
Start taking these tips to heart and the other members of earth (and your wallet) will thank you!