People today are making a conscious effort to lead a more green lifestyle. With the rising awareness of global warming, it’s time to learn ways to change your daily habits and help the environment. A good place to start is in your office.
Here are a few areas that, with some small tweaks, can easily help you become more environmentally friendly.
In today’s day and age, computers are essential to almost every office space, but can also be the biggest source of energy waste. A way to prevent this is to turn off your computer at night or when you will be away from your desk for a while to save carbon dioxide. Also, avoid using a screensaver. Many people are unaware that screensavers actually use up just as much energy as the computer would if it was turned on and in use.
To save paper, make sure to use both sides of each sheet. By simply flipping it over and putting it back in the printer to print on the other side, you can cut your paper consumption in half. Using recycled paper can reduce this further as well. In order to save on cartridge waste, buy remanufactured toner and ink cartridges. Doing this will still offer the same printing quality while helping the environment greatly –one remanufactured cartridge saves a half gallon of oil and two pounds of space in a landfill. Lastly, utilize email and new project management programs. With the technology available today, you can eliminate handouts around the office, thus reducing waste.
Lights and Appliances
Avoiding the use of lights is one of the best ways to turn your office into a more environmentally friendly space. Take advantage of natural light and make sure all lights are turned off overnight or when no one is in the room. When lighting is necessary, swap your incandescent light bulbs for LED bulbs, which will use a fraction of the energy and last longer. As for appliances, reduce the amount of energy by unplugging them when not in use because plugged in appliances will continue to use energy even when turned off. At Greenway Plaza we’ve replaced most of the lighting fixtures with the most energy efficient lighting currently available.
Around the Office
In the office kitchen, cut down on waste by using reusable dishware instead of single use. This includes using a coffee mug instead of a new cup everyday. Also, place a recycling bin in a visible part of the office to act as a constant reminder to your coworkers to be environmentally friendly. Even adding plants around the office can help by absorbing indoor pollution and add to a healthier work environment.
When searching for an office space make sure to look for an ENERGY STAR building. From there, implement the tips above to create a more green office space and also ensure a low cost work area. Help the environment and your wallet!