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Going Green: How to Make the Office Environmentally Friendly

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Are you looking to make your office environmentally friendly? As a business owner, it is your responsibility to find ways to make your business greener and there are many ways that you can do this in the office. In addition to reducing your impact, you should also find that this improves morale, helps you to build a better reputation and could lower your costs in many cases too.

Create a Green Culture

It is difficult to make any changes without creating a green culture as you need everyone to “buy in” to reduce your impact. You can do this through steps like setting recycling targets to hit each month, with signage around the office offering reminders and with regular newsletters including information on how staff can reduce their impact.

Reduce Energy Usage

You should also find ways to reduce your energy usage, which will also help to lower your costs in a time of rising costs. You can do this by turning off the heating/AC when it is not needed, by turning off appliances when not in use and by using energy-efficient equipment.

Green Lighting

Another way to lower your energy usage and bill are to turn off lights in rooms that are empty and overnight (you could also use motion-activated lighting). LED lightbulbs are also worthwhile as a way to lower your energy usage and save money as LEDs are a type of diode that is much more efficient than incandescent lightbulbs.

Go Paperless

If possible, you should make your office a paperless one or at least cut down on the amount of paper that you use. In addition to reducing your impact, this will also save you money, free up space in the office and make documents easier to find.

Encourage Green Commuting

You should also think about ways that your staff can reduce their impact when travelling to work. Remote work is an excellent way to reduce your organisation’s impact and could also save you a lot of money, but you can also encourage them to walk/cycle or start a carpool for the times that they are coming into the office. You could offer incentives for this that would encourage more people to find a green way to come into work.

If you are looking to reduce your environmental impact in the office then these are a few of the best ways that you can start doing this. In addition to making your business greener, you should also find that many of these steps help to save money and could bring a range of other benefits to your business as well. Every business should be looking to reduce their impact in 2022 as a social responsibility but also to improve your reputation and save money.

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