Question: What are some easy ways to start going green and saving energy as a company?
Buy Green Products
"Take a look at the paper you use, the cleaning products you buy, the type of thermostat you have and the appliances you use. There are lots of cost-effective ways for you to immediately reduce your impact just by purchasing more earth-friendly and energy-saving products."
Support Companies With Sustainable Missions
"At Food Guru, we feel our impact is most beneficial by working with food businesses that have a sustainable mission. For example, we do marketing and video production for companies like Kraut Source, Staff of Life Natural Meats, Lotus Foods, and LAFAZA. By supporting socially driven businesses to reach wider audiences, we are changing consumer behavior to make sustainably conscious decisions."
Work From Home
"At AlignedSigns, relationships are most important. So we encourage employees to work from home a few days a week. It reduces overhead expenses at the office, fuel costs from their transport, and according to a study done by Staples Advantage, workers who were allowed to work from home reported much higher levels of job satisfaction and better work-life balance."
Reuse and Recycle
"The most valuable advice I've seen is to stock non-disposable office supplies (mechanical pencils, reusable pens, and refillable printer cartridges, just to name a few). You might also consider putting recycle bins next to printers and photocopiers, and encouraging employees to telecommute more. Finally, monitor systems that are left running when they don't need to be and turn them off."
"This is a pretty straightforward way to save trees and energy. Most financial institutions and many other business services offer an option to "go paperless." By simply opting to receive statements and correspondence electronically, you can save a ton of wasted paper and all of the corresponding energy used to process and transport that paper. It's an easy way to go green."
Add Environment-Friendly Items to Your Tax Deductibles
"I recently started using more energy efficient lights and donated to environmental charities in order to protect my environment. In return, I managed to save money on my taxes and energy bill this year and I got tax credits as well."