Going green could be your company New YearÔÇÖs resolution this January and it would be a smart one. Green businesses stand out in the market, especially in California, which is well-known for supporting ecological initiatives statewide. You could make more profit not just by attracting customers who appreciate your green efforts, but by saving money with green products and strategies.
Use post-consumer waste (PCW)
Use paper, printing paper, paper products and packaging with the label PCW. That ensures the product was made entirely from recycled paper, which means that 45% less energy was used in the production process and half the waste. Office materials with 100% PCW label guarantee their production had the least impact on the planet. If you cannot find 100% PCW stationery and packaging, try to find as big a PCW percentage as possible.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products and cleaners
These products are often as cheap as regular ones, but they donÔÇÖt use toxic substances. Not only do they protect the environment from introducing pollutants, they also protect you against exposure to harsh substances.
Admittedly, LEDs cost significantly more than incandescent light bulbs, but they last way longer and they use less power during that lifetime. One LED could save you $200 during its life.
Solar outdoor lighting
Most businesses have parking lots, outdoor lighting fixtures and signage. All those could drain a lot of power over the year. If you choose to invest in solar outdoor lighting, you could save a lot, especially if you consider the durability and resilience of those fixtures.
If youÔÇÖd like to find out more about solar parking lot lights, solar signage, solar pathway LEDs and many more, please contact Greenshine Solar Power, a trusted and established solar contractor in California.
Get energy-starred appliances
If there are any appliances in the office that need to be replaced, why not use the opportunity and replace them with their green counterparts? Energy-efficient appliances have energy stars that indicate how much energy, and money, they can save.
Sign up for an energy audit
An energy audit performed by a third party will tell you what could be done regarding air leaks and similar stuff to make the space more energy-efficient. Bear in mind that air leaks can account for up to 20% of energy loss.
Use green power
ItÔÇÖs possible to buy green electricity from your utility company. It could prove to be a bit more expensive than regular, though. Follow this link to check whether your business is in the Green Power Network.
Encourage eco-friendly transport
Public transport and bikes are a green alternative to driving. Other options are to encourage the workers to carpool or to get hybrid vehicles for the company.
Recycle and upcycle
Apart from recycling used items, think before you buy things for the office. For example, a lot of used furniture in excellent condition can be bought on eBay and Craigslist.
Green web hosting
You can get the same or an even better deal from green web hosts. They are companies who participate in various green activities, use green energy, buy carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates to counterbalance and reduce the impact of running their servers.