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HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogMore companies are moving towards the green movement. It’s good for the environment, and it can help you save some money for your business. Here are some ways that you can make your company greener: Invest in Paperless Technology In the digital age, you can save a lot of money by using your technology to your advantage. Instead of printing out presentations, purchase tablets for your employees. Encourage them to not print out emails and other things that can be viewed online. You can reduce the amount of paper that you consume each year. This way you can decrease the amount of paper waste that you generate. By taking this step, you can save yourself a substantial amount of money. With less waste being generated by your company, you can save some green on your garbage and recycling bill. Purchase Reusable Products Consider options where you can purchase reusable products. This can be to promote your business or just for your employees. Have reusable bags made that display your company name. You can give them out to customers as promotional items. Buy reusable water bottles for your employees. This can reduce the amount of plastics that enter the landfill from disposable water bottles. Keep extra on hand to give to customers instead of cups for water. Use a Water Dispensing System Install a filtered water system on your break room faucet. You can also purchase a refrigerator that has a water dispenser. Then your employees can fill their reusable water bottles from this system. Your employees will feel better about their contribution to the green movement. You also save money not purchasing bottled water. For industrial environments, you can purchase a wastewater recycling system. This will reduce the amount of waste that enters the environment. Reduce Energy Consumption A study found that reducing your energy consumption had the potential to save $15 billion over ten years. Some of the ways that you can reduce your usage include switching to LED light bulbs. These types of bulbs use less energy and last for years. Another thing you can do is install motion detectors on your light switches. The lights will automatically turn off when no one is in the room. Some businesses install solar panels on their roofs. This can reduce your energy consumption in half. There are also tax rebates for these solar panels. By going green, you can save your business thousands of dollars each year. Then you can advertise that you are working towards reducing your carbon footprint.
Going green can sometimes be very expensive but with the sprouting up of environmentally friendly companies there are far more option than ever in the past. There are plenty of ways that going green can help save money so why wouldn’t someone do it? Most people do not realize that going green can save them money in the long run. It can be one of the best investments that they make. Energy efficient lightbulbs cut down on power usage as it used 1/10 to 1/25 of the energy that a regular lightbulb uses. If this wasn’t reason enough, these lightbulbs can last up to 10 times longer. Not only would a home be able to save on electricity but also on replacement lightbulbs. Buying a hybrid car can be expensive in the front of the purchase but it will quickly start saving you money. With gas prices that fluctuate so much it will be good to know that these fluctuations will impact you less than ever. If you commute a long way each day or are stuck in gridlock traffic, a hybrid can save you dollars per day as it switches to its battery when going slow or stopped. The parking benefits in certain cities that are known to be environmentally friendly are immense. There are hybrid or smart car only spots throughout many cities in prime parking locations. Buying solar panels can be expensive but now there are government grants that contribute to the cost of these panels. Although they might still be a bit expensive, the savings will be happening each time the sun is up. Many things can be run through solar power so don’t just think of the electric but also the water heater among other appliances. Companies go green like Groupon which offers coupons from other green friendly companies like Travelocity which lets you book rooms at green friendly hotels. This is not only the right thing to do by going green but it is also great PR move. As you can see saving money and going green don’t have to be conflicting ideologies anymore. Going green is the right thing to do for your bank account and the environment.