Making money is hard; everyone knows that. Saving money, therefore, is extremely important. But how about saving money and the planet? Now that’s something we thought you’d like to know. It’s a good thing we do have a few cool, environmentally friendly ways for you and your business to do that.
Save Your Energy
A lot of business expenses come from energy usage. By reducing consumption, you can put some of those dollars back into your bank account. Here are some things you can do to save energy:
Hit The Lights
Telling you to turn off your lights is going to sound like a no-brainer, but that’s because it is. If you aren’t using them, turn off your lights, and appliances. Most office employees leave their desktop lamps on after hours. This sucks up a ton of energy while you’re not even there. Don’t pay for something you don’t use.
Switch The Bulb
Did you know that incandescent bulbs produce mostly heat and a tiny amount of light? Replace these with energy-efficient light bulbs like LED or halogens. These bulbs use up to 80% less energy and last twice as long. This means smaller digits on your electric bill.
Escaped heat is wasted heat. Close your doors and windows so that way your air conditioner doesn’t work harder than it should. We know letting the air in is nice, but the air you’re letting out isn’t free. So enjoy it when you’re not at work, instead.
Responsible Data Destruction
Replacing old electronics seems simple enough. Doing so the right way, however, can not only save you money but also save you tons of money on potential lawsuits for doing it wrong! A good secure data destruction company could easily help you out with that. There are a few good reasons secure data destruction is essential:
Depending on the industry, data destruction is mandatory. Failure to do this correctly can cause a security breach and also leads to all sorts of legal problems. The consequences could put a dent in your balance sheet and a bigger dent in your paycheck.
When you buy new computers, you can’t just toss the old ones in the trash. We hope that’s not what you’ve been doing, but just in case, there are eco-friendly services that can help you to destroy and recycle your overused desktops. SellCell.com, the No 1 phone & electronics trade-in comparison site is a good example of one of these services.
Regardless of the service your business provides, there will always be confidential information stored on the hard drives of employees’ desktops. When recycling this kind of equipment, their data needs to be removed entirely and correctly. You never know who could be after your data for whatever reason. So it’s better to take preemptive precautions.
Let’s face it. We are living in a digital era, which means paper is overrated. Producing more of it only adds extra costs and, most of the time, your hardcopies find themselves in the trash while your customers find themselves on the internet, not knowing who you are.
Many of today’s startups send their brochures through cyberspace. Avoid printing when necessary, and prioritize electronic communication. You can save a lot of money and a whole printer! When you must use paper for things like business cards, have them made from recycled paper or post-consumer waste, and non-toxic ink.
A Green Office, Literally
Paper may be tiresome, but trees are not. Most of us underestimate the positive effects plants provide. Having plants in your office can help clean the air. This reduces the use of air fresheners that contain many toxins. Sure, it may not save you an incredible amount, but it sure will win some appreciation from your employees as well as clients.
In a Nutshell
The environment is just as important to us as the money we save. So, when we make more money while protecting our environment, we’re basically superheroes. Besides, an eco-friendly business always stands favorably in the market.
Consideration goes a long way. Pay more attention to the surroundings of your compound, the products you create, and their recyclability. The more aware of the resources you spend, the more money you can save.
Some changes can be overwhelming. Take time to get accustomed. Little progress is still better than taking no action. For example, not printing this post is an excellent way to start!