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Reducing Your Office’s Carbon Footprint: Can the Task be Done?

Are you actively searching for different ways to reduce your office’s carbon footprint? Do you think the task can actually be done? Perhaps you’ve wanted to “go green” for a while now, but have thought the procedure too challenging or time consuming. You’re now in luck; there are plenty of simple steps that could potentially help you energy and money.

The Different Steps
If you want to reduce your office’s carbon footprint, then start now. You might be surprised to find that the littlest changes have the biggest impacts.

Always remember to turn something off i.e. the lights, computer monitor, printer, etc. when you’re not particularly using said piece of equipment. Though this tip can be connected to different tasks, it’s most notably affective when referencing lights in the office. After all, if natural light is shining through the windows, then do you really need the lights on? Also, always remember to turn off every single light in the office before leaving for the evening.

Wasting paper is an action that constantly takes place in the office, but doesn’t have to; this action can very easily and quickly be prevented. For instances, only print documents that you actually need. Open your email and read what you’ve been sent; if you don’t need a hard copy, then don’t print the material. Also, if there is a chance to print double-sided documents, then do so. Try to avoid wasting the blank side of printed documents. Eventually, you might try going completely paperless.

If you’re not recycling, then now is the time to start. Take a look around your surroundings; almost everything can be recycled in some capacity. For example, do you recycle aluminum cans from the lunchroom? How about plastic materials or glass? You can even recycle office paper, newspapers, and cardboard boxes.

What’s the air like in your office or building? Though it can be hot, cold, or mildly uncomfortable, it’s important to keep the temperature set at a practical setting. Also, always remember to keep windows shut when the air conditioner or heater is on. After all, you don’t want to heat or cool the outside.

You may not have considered this next factor, but the different types of cleaning supplies you use could have an effect on the environment. Buying non-toxic supplies is always a great idea, but also consider buying your supplies in bulk. By purchasing your different materials in bulk, you’ll be minimizing packaging waste.

This next idea stems from the previous one: changing your office kitchen etiquette could also potentially assist with cutting down your carbon footprint. First things first: quit buying or stocking the kitchen with paper plates and/or plastic utensils. These materials only hurt the environment and can eventually become quite expensive.

When it comes to dishes and utensils, purchase glass, metal, or products that can be washed and reused. Though a little bit of cleaning may have to take place, the chore will ultimately be worth the sacrifice; you’ll be saving money and energy.

If you want to reduce your office’s carbon footprint, then start now. Find different steps and ways to accomplish this goal that are convenient for you and your business. There are plenty of simple methods to help ensure that you’re doing your part to save the environment.

Author bio: This is a guest post Lilly Sheperd, writing on behalf commonground University. When not blogging she likes to travel and read a lot, especially about green and CSR related topics.