Unique Ways to Green Your Office
So you’ve replaced all the lights at work with Energy Star-qualified CFL bulbs, set up recycling stations and print on the opposite side of recycled paper whenever possible.
Sounds like you’re well on your way to a greener and more economically balanced workplace. But there are still some easy ways to green up even more that you probably didn’t think of yet!
Change to an ink-saving font
Thinner, lighter fonts like Century Gothic or Ecofont can save your business big bucks; a business printer printing 250 pages per week would net a savings of $80 per year, more for multiple printers.
Change to a soy-based ink
Ink made from soybeans not only looks clearer on paper (ninety percent of the country’s daily papers use it!), less of it is needed to complete print jobs than its petroleum-based counterpart, making it a better value.
Switch to filtered from bottled
Consider investing in a bottleless water cooler. These units make use of a building’s preexisting water line to provide an endless supply of super-filtered hot, cold and tepid drinking water and ice.
Not only does a bottleless water cooler cut down on tons of plastic and energy waste but it also produces a healthier and greener alternative to traditional bottled water delivery service and 5-gallon jug systems.
Make sure printer settings are correct
Make sure that when you must print, your printer is printing on both sides of the paper. When it comes to faxing, try using a stick-on label for the cover sheet instead of printing out a separate page.
Lower the thermostat during off-hours
Lowering the thermostat by ten degrees when you close-up and raising it again when you open can save up to ten percent of your total heating bill.
If it takes too long to warm up the office in the morning, lower the thermostat by just five degrees for a five percent total savings. Make this technique even easier by installing a programmable thermostat.
Consider planting some trees
By strategically planting shade trees and other evergreens on the north and west sides of the building you will keep it warmer in the winter and cooler during the summer months, saving you up to thirty percent on energy bills, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Simone is a Philly resident and guest author writing on behalf of Quench. Quench is America’s largest provider of bottleless water coolers, providing a healthier and greener alternative to bottled water options.
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