In business, when people think about saving the green stuff money would obviously be the first thought on anyone’s mind given its importance in our daily lives. What may not come too often in our minds is the thought of saving the other most important green resource that we depend on every day yet take for granted and that is our environment. In a world where money controls how we live it is easy to forget how important the environment is to us especially for those who are too busy running their own businesses but with problems such as deforestation and pollution on the rise, many people are now beginning to realize how important protecting our world really is. While some people may feel that making the effort to be more environmentally friendly will require them to recycle more or make huge expensive changes in their lifestyle, there are actually quite a few things that people particularly business owners can do that can have a hugely positive effect on the environment collectively without costing you much. If you own a business here are some of the ways you can help your business go green while saving money at the same time.

      Since energy consumption has a big impact on the environment, one of the first things you should do is figure out how much you should save on power usage then research and apply those power saving techniques that will help lighten your electricity bill. The process of going green begins with a power audit as you need to know how much energy your business is burning before it could start saving on those costs. The EPA’s Energy Star program has tools that could help measure not only how much energy your business uses on average but how much water is used too. One tip that everyone should know by now when it comes to saving on energy cost is knowing when to stop using appliances or devices that rely on electricity to be used. Little things such as turning off the lights when leaving a room to unplugging a device when not in use can save a lot for your business once you add up the cost. According to the EPA something as simple as putting your computer to sleep when it is not being used can save you between $10-$50 per computer a year which is why encouraging your staff to put their computers to sleep would not only allow you to save a lot on your next electric bill but conserve energy which has a positive impact on the environment.

      With everything being automated nowadays we can use our smartphone or tablets to do a number of things from signing forms to making money transfers without having to physically do it in a bank. While paper use may not be phased out anytime soon more steps are being made to conserve one of our most important resources, trees which as of now contributes to 25% of landfills and 33% of municipal waste material. If your business relies on paper one material you can use as a substitute is post-consumer waste or PCW’s which is paper that has been recycled in bins and produces less waste in the paper making process. You can take this a step further by using your email or other forms of electronic communication to reduce the need to use paper and using more environmentally friendly labeled products can help you reduce your waste even more. For more tips, you can click on this link here.

      Some people bike to work which saves them on money and gas and helps keep them in shape, but for others this may not be an option so if  for you’re one of them and you live near the city you can take the public transportation services at least once or twice a week on your daily commute. If this still does not work for you and driving a car is a necessity you can start a carpool program for your employees where each worker can take turns using their car each week to pick up other people which again you can have the option of delegating how many times a week you’d want to do this. If you’re really serious about making your business go green though there are multiple sources you can turn to find what works best for your business without disrupting anything that keeps it running one of them being sustainability consultation. There are environmental consulting firms that can help businesses use more eco-friendly practices that can help them meet the standards of environmental regulations imposed by governmental agencies or legislations. In New York, for example, there are 13 such firms that can help your business make changes that would make it more environmentally friendly which can be viewed here.

      There is ,however, a limit to how many changes you can make in your business so that it be efficient while being green at the same time but every effort counts if you’re able to impart these changes not only in your business but your personal life or even your employee’s life as well.  Earth Day doesn’t have to be the only time out of the year that we can be environmentally conscious because every day we’re dealing with problems in our environment to from crowded landfills to smog emissions that are poisoning the air we breathe and making it difficult for us to manage in terms of where we put the trash. The more steps you take to make your business go green the more you save not only in money but also contribute to the prosperity of our world.In business, when people think about saving the green stuff money would obviously be the first thought on anyone’s mind given its importance in our daily lives. What may not come too often in our minds is the thought of saving the other most important green resource that we depend on every day yet take for granted and that is our environment. In a world where money controls how we live it is easy to forget how important the environment is to us especially for those who are too busy running their own businesses but with problems such as deforestation and pollution on the rise, many people are now beginning to realize how important protecting our world really is. While some people may feel that making the effort to be more environmentally friendly will require them to recycle more or make huge expensive changes in their lifestyle, there are actually quite a few things that people particularly business owners can do that can have a hugely positive effect on the environment collectively without costing you much. If you own a business here are some of the ways you can help your business go green while saving money at the same time.

      Since energy consumption has a big impact on the environment, one of the first things you should do is figure out how much you should save on power usage then research and apply those power saving techniques that will help lighten your electricity bill. The process of going green begins with a power audit as you need to know how much energy your business is burning before it could start saving on those costs. The EPA’s Energy Star program has tools that could help measure not only how much energy your business uses on average but how much water is used too. One tip that everyone should know by now when it comes to saving on energy cost is knowing when to stop using appliances or devices that rely on electricity to be used. Little things such as turning off the lights when leaving a room to unplugging a device when not in use can save a lot for your business once you add up the cost. According to the EPA something as simple as putting your computer to sleep when it is not being used can save you between $10-$50 per computer a year which is why encouraging your staff to put their computers to sleep would not only allow you to save a lot on your next electric bill but conserve energy which has a positive impact on the environment.

      With everything being automated nowadays we can use our smartphone or tablets to do a number of things from signing forms to making money transfers without having to physically do it in a bank. While paper use may not be phased out anytime soon more steps are being made to conserve one of our most important resources, trees which as of now contributes to 25% of landfills and 33% of municipal waste material. If your business relies on paper one material you can use as a substitute is post-consumer waste or PCW’s which is paper that has been recycled in bins and produces less waste in the paper making process. You can take this a step further by using your email or other forms of electronic communication to reduce the need to use paper and using more environmentally friendly labeled products can help you reduce your waste even more. For more tips, you can click on this link here.

      Some people bike to work which saves them on money and gas and helps keep them in shape, but for others this may not be an option so if  for you’re one of them and you live near the city you can take the public transportation services at least once or twice a week on your daily commute. If this still does not work for you and driving a car is a necessity you can start a carpool program for your employees where each worker can take turns using their car each week to pick up other people which again you can have the option of delegating how many times a week you’d want to do this. If you’re really serious about making your business go green though there are multiple sources you can turn to find what works best for your business without disrupting anything that keeps it running one of them being sustainability consultation. There are environmental consulting firms that can help businesses use more eco-friendly practices that can help them meet the standards of environmental regulations imposed by governmental agencies or legislations. In New York, for example, there are 13 such firms that can help your business make changes that would make it more environmentally friendly which can be viewed here.

      
There is, however, a limit to how many changes you can make in your business so that it be efficient while being green at the same time but every effort counts if you’re able to impart these changes not only in your business but your personal life or even your employee’s life as well.  Earth Day doesn’t have to be the only time out of the year that we can be environmentally conscious because every day we’re dealing with problems in our environment to from crowded landfills to smog emissions that are poisoning the air we breathe and making it difficult for us to manage in terms of where we put the trash. The more steps you take to make your business go green the more you save not only in money but also contribute to the prosperity of our world.