11 Easy Steps to ‘Green’ Your Business:
Turn off equipment
Don’t forget to turn off computers and printers at the end of the day. This conserves energy and prolongs the life of your equipment.
Turn down the heat
Turning down the heat in the winter and easing off the air conditioning in the summer can drastically cut down the CO2 emissions from burning fuel and at the same time shave some dollars off the corporate budget.
Host a teleconference
Many notebook PCs now come with built-in webcams and there is no better time to start using them. Instead of driving frantically across town to make that 11 a.m. meeting, arrange for everyone to meet on the Web.
Check the supply room
From paper clips to staples, there are many ways to save the environment from the wasted use of office supplies. For example, reuse paperclips instead of throwing them away and use a staple-less stapler that uses friction to bind your documents.
Set your computer to sleep
Set your computer to go into sleep mode when you aren’t using it. Contrary to popular believe, screen savers don’t save electricity, but sleep mode can cut your power consumption by five times, cutting your electricity bills by more than 500 kilowatt hours per year.
Use energy efficient products
Choosing the right product for the environment can help reduce your overall TCO. Today’s PC manufacturers offer products with new low-voltage processors and more efficient power supplies to help conserve energy.
Tell suppliers that you’re interested in sustainable products and set specific goals for buying recycled, refurbished or used products. Make the environment a factor when purchasing.
Use a balanced deployment model
Using a model where selective desktop, centralized workgroup and data center printing exists will reduce your overall power consumption and supply costs.
Get employees involved
Appoint a leader to spearhead your company’s eco-efforts and determine where you can have the biggest impact for the least amount of money.
Inform suppliers and customers about your efforts. Get in touch with local regulatory agencies who offer financial incentives to businesses that clean up their acts.
Choose suppliers who take back packaging, supplies and hardware for reuse.