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May
03

Taking Care of the Environment from Your Home Office

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Going green in your home office might seem like a bit of a challenge, often we need to print out files, send a lot of postal mail and use a lot of electricity. However, there are some steps you can take to make sure that your carbon footprint is getting smaller year on year.

It can be challenging to work out just how much power you are using if your home office is in the corner of a room, rather than a separate place – however, there are a few things that you can do to ensure you are really taking the eco-friendly thing seriously. If you are in a while room before you leave the room each day turn off the power from the switches on everything, no standby modes here. Unless you have equipment that cannot be switched off for whatever reason. Be smart.

Try to go as paperless as possible. We are all in need of some notebooks and the odd printed out a file to take to a client, but in this day and age, most of the time it will be digital. Check out hosting fax services, cloud storage (with good data encryption), send invoices via platforms like Wave, Paypal, or just create them in Word or Pages and email them to your clients. Now would be a good time to create a digital signature on your computer, so if something needs to be signed, you can still do so without printing, signing, scanning and them likely – shredding.

If you do need things like business cards, pamphlets, booklets and other promotional materials, try and use a company that have 100% recycled options.

Make your surroundings greener too. Get some office plants. Not only are they great to look at but are proven to boost productivity, and they do their part for keeping your office air cleaner too. Check out succulents, small rose bushes, spider plants and rubber plants.

Maximize your natural light. This one will not only keep you healthier (even while sitting in your office) but stops the need for bright screens, lamps, lights and other sources of human made light. Saving money, saving energy and giving you a bit of a peep up.

PLUS, people who sit near natural light are up to 15% more productive.

On the light, think about installing something like a smart power strip in your work – with LEDs. They cost much less than bigger bulbs and use less energy too.

Go green on your electrics. You might need to do this one step by step, but try and invest your money in electronics that come with verification of their energy saving status. This will lower your bills, and reduce your energy usage.

Plenty of little and relatively inexpensive things you can do to make your office a little greener and take care of the planet with saving money.

BONUS: Each month try to recycle as much as you can personally in your office and home environment. Have a basket for paper waste, a bin for plastics and one for ‘other’. Each month try to use less and less of each bucket until you have as little waste as possible.

 

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