Green tactics for your business

Wednesday, February 15 2012

In addition to minimizing a carbon footprint, going green saves money. Here are a few ways to cut your monthly business expenses.

Fewer road trips and flights
There are definitely times when it's necessary to meet face to face with a client or business partner. If you're viewing a new product line at a remote site or meeting affiliates for the first time following a merge, then you'll want to make the effort to travel to meet in person. However, there are many times when a video conference would suffice. The savings are obvious, as you won't have to pay for a flight or gas, but you're also reducing the amount of toxic emissions that would otherwise be created by driving a car or flying.

Paperless office
According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the average U.S. office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper every year. Save the trees by sending protocols and reminders by email, and displaying presentations on a projector screen. Try to use paper only when it's absolutely necessary, such as for contract signings or materials that must go home with a client or employee.

Energy usage
Your building should be well insulated, especially during the bitter cold and very hot seasons. If air escapes the building, your central heating system expends a lot of energy to replace that air. One way you can lower the amount of air escaping your facility is by upgrading insulation and installing  spray foam. Also, if there's an area that may be prone to air escape, such as the entrance and lobby, consider not regulating the temperature as much in that area.

Check with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Program for certified, environmentally friendly electronic items if you're looking to replace your current ones. Remember, even if a device in your office still works, it may be expending more energy than necessary, so replacing it may end up saving you more money in the long run.