Get an energy audit – Call your local energy company or the EPA about getting an energy audit to help reduce your company’s carbon footprint and your monthly bills. According to the U.S department of energy, filling leaks and holes in your office or home can reduce up to 20% off your heating and cooling bill.
Use renewable energy to power your office – Consider purchasing “green energy” from your current utility provider in many areas of the country. This type of energy is generated from renewable sources, including solar and wind power, geothermal, and bioenergy. Using renewable energy sources helps reduce harmful emissions which improves air and water quality.
Switch to a cloud-based system – This is an easy way to ensure your office gets more eco-friendly, considering you use paper documents on a day-to-day basis. Scanning documents and using cloud-based storage systems over filing is an easy way to reduce the amount of paper waste created in the office. In addition, using an online system is much more efficient and user friendly.
Replace your lights – Although compact-fluorescent (CFL) or LED light selections are often more expensive, they not only last longer than standard incandescent bulbs, but they also use less energy, (saving both energy and money in the long term).
Conduct a waste audit – A waste audit is a multi-step process that is used to find out the amount of waste and waste types that are generated by a company. Conducting a waste audit will provide useful information that will benefit the company by identifying areas where waste production can be reduced, saving money and improving operations.