For some, the memories of businesses across the landscape, particularly in manufacturing, laying waste to the natural setting around them is vivid. We still see the scars across segments of the Rust Belt, especially in our rivers.
But the tides have turned on the approach toward eco-friendly policy among most in the business community. It is encouraging to see so many in advanced manufacturing and otherwise embrace green practices for the sake of the environment. The truth is, such a philosophy can also have a positive impact on a businesses bottom line, which is a clear win-win. Here are some of the simplest ways any business can get started.
1) Invest in green energy. Instead of tapping into polluting power plants consider buying carbon credits or eco-conscious certificates from the power company. You can further reduce your strain on the energy grid by considering hosting services for a web server. Some are even powered by wind or alternative energy sources.
2) Opt for Energy Star. This is still a voluntary government program, but the approved products are geared toward saving energy and money, which can really add up for any business.
3) Conduct and energy audit. The relatively pain-free process can lead to big savings afterward. Get a technician to examine the efficiency of the furnace, duct work, insulation, windows and more. Even minor fixes can reduce wasteful energy use and wasteful costs.
4) Scale back on paper. Wherever possible, try to use recycled paper. You may be surprised how much a business wastes. At the same time, have the HR department go digital, rather than issuing paper checks, notices, etc., to cut down on paper costs.