Green Business Tips that won't Cost you a Penny

We've been thinking about the things a business can do to "go green" and that won't cost them a penny and it was a pretty easy list to drum up. The simplicity of going green is that a business will not only become environmentally friendly and help towards sustainability but will actually cut costs; any business that cuts costs is saving money - saving money equates to more profit. So it's what they call a win-win situation.

1. Switch off the Lights.

Whilst modern lighting can be very energy efficient it’s cheaper not to have lights on at all. So wherever possible, switch off the light, and make sure your staff know to do the same.

Make use of natural light wherever possible; keep blinds open, make sure windows are clean and try and remove any obstacles that prevent your premises being naturally lit.

2. Turn off electrical equipment when not in use.

A computer on standby still uses electricity, small as that amount of energy use may be, it all adds up. Switch off monitors, unplug any power packs, chargers etc. and switch off at the socket if possible or simply unplug.

3. Turn down the thermostat.

If you’re heating your premises in cold periods then turn the thermostat down a notch. We’ve become so used to having tropical temperature workplaces that it’s no wonder the heating bill has gone up, so encourage staff to close drafty windows and doors and wear another layer of clothing if needs be.

4. Open the windows.

Conversely, keeping cool is more economical if you simply open the windows when the weather is warmer – air conditioning is costly and uses huge amounts of energy and yet opening the windows is good to get fresh air and allowing air to circulate.

5. Change your driving habits.

For those companies that use vehicles, it might be time to drive a little more effectively. Hard accelerating and braking waste petrol so drive smoothly; Cruising saves fuel and you get to your destination less stressed.

Make sure your tires inflated to the correct pressure; an incorrectly inflated tyre will reduce your mileage per gallon.

Reducing vehicle usage, encouraging car-sharing and walking will also cut your costs.

6. Printing.

Firstly, think about your office printing needs: do you really have to print off every email or document that gets sent to you, even the first drafts? By keeping documents on your PC you will dramatically cut your paper and ink/toner costs.

If you do have to print documents then consider duplex printing or printing on both sides of the paper. Duplex printing alone will cut your printer paper bill in half.

7. Save Water.

A dripping tap can waste up to 10,000 litres of water a year, so ensure you turn off the taps. If you’re on a meter you’ll see your water bill reduced.

You can cut down on the amount of water in toilet cisterns by placing a water-filled bottle in there or a bag filled with stones.

8. Tea break.

Use mugs, cups and glasses in your workplace rather than plastic or polystyrene. This encourages you to reduce and reuse.

9. Remove Individual Waste Bins.

Using a centralised bin as part of your plan to reduce & recycle waste encourages staff to think about their waste.

10. Pass it on.

By being a greener business you can promote business best practice to your customers and your suppliers. Genuine action to become an environmentally aware business is worthwhile to your bottom line and to the bottom line of other businesses with whom you are involved and will promote sustainability.

Actively encouraging your staff to take green steps will allow them to take greater responsibility and pride in their work and benefit them out of work too.