The Eco-Friendly Office Environment
Overlooked Aspects of Eco-Friendliness around the Office
If you save energy, you’ll save money, and if you do your part to protect the environment, that’s another way of saying you care about future generations. So where do your company’s efforts to be more eco-friendly begin? A good place to start is to make sure your furniture and flooring are kind to the environment.
Earth-Friendly Habits for the Office
If you save energy, you’ll save money, and if you do your part to protect the environment, that’s another way of saying you care about future generations. So where do your company’s efforts to be more eco-friendly begin?
Here are some easy ways to create earth-friendly habits for the office:
- Conserve electricity – Turn off computers and other equipment you aren’t using, and make sure computers and monitors are in their energy-saving mode. Turn off the lights in rooms that aren’t being used and take advantage of natural light as often as possible.
- Recycle – You can do more than simply recycling paper. Use both sides of a sheet of paper if you can, and do away with those disposable cups at the water cooler.
- Buy environmentally-friendly products – Purchase recycled paper and refillable ink cartridges.
- Clean with non-toxic products – If the company that cleans your office doesn’t use green cleaning products, there are many companies that do.
- Cut down on driving – Encourage telecommuting when possible, and ask those who must come to the office to carpool, walk, bike or use public transportation.
- A paperless office – Cut down on printed material when you can, and only print documents when it’s absolutely necessary.
- Climate control – Use programmable thermostats so you aren’t heating and cooling when no one is in the office.
- Smart lighting – Using timers and motion detectors, you can turn the lights on during the workday and turn them off when rooms in your office are empty.
Recycling, cutting down on energy use and doing away with most of your paperwork will help the environment, and you can do even more to protect the planet by paying attention to the things you do.
Garret Stembridge is part of the team at Extra Space Storage, a leading provider of self-storage facilities. Garret often writes about sustainable practices for homes and for businesses. Many Extra Space Storage locations, including several in Sacramento, have been retrofitted to reduce energy consumption.