Are you going green? That's the popular question and you need to have
an answer. The data and facts show that going green is more than just
a fad or phase; it is the logical and responsible response. This means
cutting back on waste and improving sustainability at home, in the car,
and, yes, even at work.
Why Should My Business Go Green?
For business owners in particular, there are a number of advantages to
promoting green practices at work. Here are a few:
Healthier Work Environment. Going green can actually improve the quality of your workplace. The Green
Business Bureau website says companies that actively promote a healthier
workplace report a 20 percent decrease in the number of sick days used
Cost Savings. Everything comes down to the bottom line. Going green can reduce a company's
costs by lowering energy bills and extraneous waste.
Tax Credits. The government's focus on green initiatives has led to tax credits
and rewards for companies that choose to implement environmentally friendly
Consumer Demand. The focus on environmental consciousness means customers are demanding
green products and services. The market share for these products and services
has recently shown exponential growth, and companies can capitalize on
Becoming Green: Big Steps
When attempting to make your business greener, there are both big and small
steps you can take. Here is a look at three of the big steps:
Energy Audit. How do you know how much energy your business is using if you don't
check? Conduct an energy audit to evaluate how much you are using and
how it stacks up to local averages. Most energy companies will provide
free checklists for self-evaluation. From here, you will understand which
areas need to be addressed.
Eliminate Overnight Waste. Is your office wasting money overnight? Start turning off lights, shutting
down office equipment, and turning off power strips that drain electricity
when the office is not in operation.
Company-Wide Conservation. Without proper guidance, the large majority of your employees will not
know how to participate in your designs to become greener. Try implementing
a company-wide conservation program for things like paper, plastics, metals,
electronic equipment, ink cartridges, and other office supplies.
Becoming Green: Little Steps
After evaluating the major areas of your business, consider implementing
some of these small steps, which can add up over time:
- Reduce the number of paper documents circulating around the office by opting
to use electronic files.
- Invest in boxes of all sizes for shipping, and avoid wasting packaging
by using properly sized materials.
- Consider taking advantage of natural lighting to eliminate the need for
- Install sensors in restrooms for water and lights.
- Encourage carpooling among employees.
- Replace outdated appliances and machinery with their newer, greener counterparts.
About the Eco Plumbers
At The Eco Plumbers, we are committed to prompt service in a professional
manner. Whether you have a large or small issue, we are ready to help
in whatever way we can. Our goal is to help you explore your options and
alleviate your problems, while promoting environmentally friendly practices.