Energy, Water, Waste and People. They are the four keys to reducing your office’s operating costs and environmental footprint. Here are proven best practices for greening your office that will begin saving money almost immediately.
Energy is a fast track path for saving money going green. 40% of all electricity consumption and GHG emissions come from our buildings. Over 52% of businesses report they plan to cut their electricity consumption by 25% by 2014. Here are two top green office best practices:
Investing in more efficient lighting typically produces a 6 months to 2 year return on investment generated through utility bill savings. A 2 year savings is like getting a 50% return on cash!! T-8 fluorescent lights are the current lowest-investment-cost solution. Click on this video to learn about LED lighting that is rapidly dropping in price.
Tip #2. Phantom Power
5% of your power bill is paying for all the electricity used in your office from computers, printers, microwave ovens, etc. that are not turned off during non-working hours. The solution is easy. Link all electrical uses to power strips and then make sure everyone in the office hits the off button on their power strip at quitting time.
Its the toilets. Look for blue printing on your toilet between the seat and the tank. No blue writing? That means you have a water gusher that is taking money out your company with every flush. Install the low-flow flush toilets. They work and they save money.
Go digital. It costs less and enhances the efficiency of your work associates. Here are two green office tips I got from a huge law firm that has adopted green office best practices.
Replace all your current waste paper baskets with waste paper baskets that everyone will think are just way too small. At first your associates will be upset. Explain to them the whats and the whys. In two weeks they will have adjusted to this new normal by figuring out how to replace paper with digital solutions.
Recycle or sell all but one of your office printers. “Are you crazy?” is the usual response on the first day associates fight to get access to this one printer. Again, within two weeks or less they will figure out how to send or store information digitally.
Here’s the great news. Most of them want to go green. Especially the Millennial Generation and their moms, Concerned Caregivers. Create Green Teams of volunteers to figure out how to implement the Energy, Water and Waste solutions. They will.
Bill Roth is the author of The Secret Green Sauce that profiles business case studies on best practices for making money going green. As the Green Business Coach for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Green Builds Business program Bill Roth has coached hundreds of business owners on their design of projects that will make them money and make a difference within 90 days.