It is more important than ever for you to do everything in your power to keep your business’s carbon footprint as small as possible. Not only is an eco-friendly business good for the environment, but it will also help you cut back on your operating costs. If you have been looking for ways that you and your staff can go green, then here are a few upgrades, add-ons, and services that you might want to consider.
Plug the Leaks
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to make your office more environmentally friendly is to plug any leaks that you can find. Even if you have a relatively new office, there could be dozens of leaks near doors, windows, vents, and pipes. Luckily, most people can easily plug cracks and pinholes in just a few hours with nothing more than a caulking gun. Depending on the age of your office and how many leaks you have, this simple project could save you thousands of dollars every year.
Switch to High-Efficiency Devices
Most business owners aren’t quite ready to replace all of the appliances and electronics they own, but you might want to begin systematically replacing older products with high-efficiency devices as they fall into disrepair. Even changing out your old light bulbs for modern CFL or LED bulbs could save your company quite a bit of money. When purchasing new appliances, you should look for printers, computers, displays, and fax machines that have been tested and certified by Energy Star. This will ensure that the devices will use less energy in the home and reduce the impact on the environment as a whole.
Replace Old VOC Products
A volatile organic compound is a dangerous chemical that turns into a vapor at room temperature. Many VOCs are created naturally, but thousands of manufacturers also put them in their products. VOCs can be found in paint, paint strippers, glue, glue removers, air fresheners, and personal care products. Even if you are not currently using those products, the vapors will still escape and fill your office with VOCs. Most cities and counties have free programs for those who want to safely dispose of products that contain VOCs.
Green Cleaning Services
When it comes time to clean your office, you want to be absolutely sure that you are not simply bringing more chemicals inside. Hiring eco friendly cleaners will reduce your staff’s risk of being exposed to toxins such as formaldehyde, silica, and ammonia. As an alternative to using harsh chemicals, many of these companies now opt for natural cleaners such as vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. You should also check to see if the company adheres to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards before hiring them.
Protecting the environment is an ongoing process that all of us need to be involved in. While it might not seem like these upgrades and services are going to make a huge difference, smaller changes can have a big impact on the environment over the years.