You might be surprised by all of the crazy possibilities out there for people to go green. From what you buy for your day-to-day office operations to how you decorate your office, you can save a lot of money. It might be just what you need to improve your bank account and be more eco-friendly at the same time.
Opt for Sustainable Materials
Whether you’re redecorating your law office in hopes to bring in new clients or simply in hopes to cut costs down the road, choose sustainable materials like hardwood floors. This is a bit of an initial investment to install, but you won’t have to replace or repair them often, and with well-placed rugs, you can ensure that they don’t get damaged. Hardwood and bamboo can even last the life of the building. Additionally, hardwood floors look really nice and usually appeal greatly to potential clients. It’s a win-win.
Opt for LED Lights
LED lights are higher priced than traditional ones, but they use significantly less energy and last a lot longer. This means you make the investment knowing you won't have to replace bulbs as often. Plus, it’s entirely possible that you’ll start seeing savings as soon as you get your electric bill the first month after you put in your LED lights.
Replace Appliances with Energy Star Versions
Your office probably doesn’t have many appliances, but what appliances you have could likely use an update. They could be chugging away every day, contributing to high electric bills without you even realizing it. Energy Star appliances are rated for efficient energy use, and the best part is that they don’t sacrifice what you’d expect from regular GE appliances.You could update the fridge in your breakroom, along with your water heater, air conditioners and dehumidifiers, depending on where your office is located. Energy Star could be just where you need to go to replace any older model appliances in place.
Choose Alternate Energy
Alternative energy options are increasing everywhere, so look into what’s available in your area. You could have access to wind, solar, or geothermal power, just to name a few. Talk to your utility provider to find your options. If there’s nothing, consider installing solar panels on the roof of your office. Tapping into alternative energy often warrants tax credits from the government too, so not only does it save you money on your utility bill, but it saves money at the end of the year with taxes.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Offices are often known for being too hot or too cold, especially if you have both males and females working for you. Someone will be unhappy with the temperature. You might even have employees adjusting the thermostat themselves, if they’re uncomfortable. You can save on your electric bill by installing a smart thermostat. It will adjust the temperatures to what you set depending on the time of day and year and your employees won’t be able to fiddle with it.
Another option is installing a lock box around the thermostat so that only authorized personnel (you and your law partners) can make adjustments to the base temperatures.
Knowing about the crazy ways to go green could be just what you need to save money. Your law firm’s account will thank you. Not only will you be doing something to help the environment while saving money, you might even be able to grow your clientele.