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Saving Money While Staying Green – What Can Businesses Do?

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If you haven’t heard the news yet, not all states are equal when it comes to sustainability.

In fact, recent studies have suggested that there are some huge gulfs between some regions.

Well, the same logic applies to companies. We’ve all seen the stories about Company X or Y investing in a green initiative – but this isn’t par for the course. Some don’t do anything, and this is perhaps what the today’s article is targeting.

Bearing this in mind, let’s now take a look at some of the key green initiatives that your company can start with – which won’t just help the planet, but also your life here on the planet.

What Companies Can Do To Save Money While Staying Green?

Paperless progression

Contrary to what some people believe, going green isn’t just about huge initiatives that are going to cost your business significant financial resources to implement.

Instead, by starting small, you can make a considerable difference.

We’ve all seen the movements by some companies who are trying to get more of their customers receive “paperless bills“, with banks and energy suppliers usually the main examples.

Well, this can apply to everyone. For example, some companies have reporting days, and will print these reports for every person in the business. Instead, opting for a cloud-based solution means that you can view everything on your monitor or laptop – and save a large number of trees in the process.

The perils of water dispensing systems

For employees, they’re a Godsend. The ability to receive filtered water as you please is something that everyone appreciates.

There’s nothing wrong with this technology on its own, but when it’s combined with plastic cups, the results can be terrible for the environment.

Suddenly, we’ve turned to single-use plastic – where one sip of water results in a cup being disposed of.

What’s the alternative in this case? Provide employees with their own water bottle. Sure, it comes with more expense to start with, but over the long-term you will experience major cost savings.

Selling in the carpooling philosophy

It would be fair to say that the previous two suggestions are a little easier to implement than this next one.

They can both be instigated from the company, whereas carpooling requires some employee input.

Of course, there are ways to get around this. Some companies have provided incentives for those who carpool, and this might be one way in which you tackle a major environmental factor that impacts businesses.

Put your computers to sleep

Again, this is one of those tips that is going to need employee input – but the benefits are there for all to see.

As most people know, a degree of laziness enters the picture when it comes to treating our computers. Very few of us switch them off – and this is harming the environment because our computers are consuming energy this way even if we don’t use them.

Want some hard and fast facts?

It’s understood that the typical company would save as much as $50 per computer every year, if they were to hibernate or put it to sleep when it is not being used.

Article written by:

I am a writer and reporter for the clean energy sector, I cover climate change issues, new clean technologies, sustainability and green cars. Danny Ovy

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