How to run a green business

Every business wants to present itself as being a good one; but more importantly, it needs to be. Yet, questioning what it means to be an ethical business is an on-going process: whether this means examining hiring policies, equipment purchases and indeed waste management. All these matter, but we should also consider the ongoing problem of being a green business.

Computers, for example, are renowned users of energy. But we can manage their energy output, by for example making a habit of shutting them down when they’re not in use, activating function like automatic sleep and so on. This also benefits the business in terms of keeping energy costs lower, since you’re, by definition, using less electricity.

No doubt summer months are torturous, but consider your use of aircons. Though you can always opt to have blinds, keep windows open and so on, you might still use air conditioners. Green Home has some useful tips in using them efficiently: “The less demand you put on a system, the less energy you’ll squander and the longer your unit will last.”

This demand can be combatted in many ways but a simple way is to just to adjust the temperature itself.

“You can save a lot of money–and fight global warming–by the simple act of setting your temperature higher. Going upward a single degree, in fact, can reduce your air conditioning bill by 3% to 5%.”

Again: this shows that going green and being thoughtful means saving money in terms of expenses, too.

But green isn’t just energy saving. Consider, too, how much paper we waste printing letters, emails, reports and so on. With the move to digital, many of these are pointless. PDFs, blogs and so on can all be used; applications like Green Print can even target when we have to use print by trying to find alternatives or reductions.

Tied to the digital age is also it being unnecessary to travel from home to work: figure out how much can be done from, what do you actually require from employees or yourself. If you can email, if you can Skype, etc., this all makes it pointless to spend enormous energy and petrol costs to drive.

Both of these show how saving in these expensive areas is tied directly to being an ethical consumer and our wallets. It might help to invest in quality products that are designed to be better in the long term; so consider business finance that might aid you in acquiring quality items – so that you can aim for being greener in future.

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