We have all heard the warnings from environmentalists who say that our planet is facing dire circumstances.
However, aside from recycling at home, what have you really done to better our environment?
While changes at home are good, think bigger, and consider upgrading your workspace to make it more environmentally-friendly.
And the best part is that while making your office green will require upfront capital, there are many benefits to making these changes, such as:
Lowering Electricity & Water Bills
One of the easiest improvements you can make to lower your carbon footprint is to upgrade your electronics and appliances.
Replacing toilets, radiators, air conditioners, dishwashers and refrigerators for more eco-friendly models will save on water and electricity, which will lower your utility bills every single month.
Additionally, office equipment accounts for about 15 percent of all electricity consumption in offices.
Purchasing plug-in timers can significantly cut costs of equipment that is left on when it is not being used.
Purchasing office technology that has the “ENERGY STAR” label will guarantee to save you money on your electricity bill.
Increase Brand Exposure
Customers are easily able to look up any information about the businesses they support.
Since many people worldwide are increasingly interested in saving the environment, a company that has a green initiative is much more appealing to this client base.
Sharing the eco-friendly upgrades you are doing in your office, as well as initiating a corporate social initiative to support a certain cause will create buzz for your business, and increase your customer base and sales.
Promote Employees’ Health
“More than 130 million workdays are lost in the UK each year through sickness absence, costing businesses an estimated £32 billion,” according to smallbusiness.co.uk.
By making changes, such as creating more natural light by opening up the blinds and shutting off artificial light during the day, you will help to improve the health of your employees.
By having access to sunlight, their Vitamin D levels will get higher, bolstering their immune systems and preventing them from getting sick.
As well, adding proper ventilation can not only save on air conditioning costs, but can also prevent toxins and contaminants in the air from building up and helping to spread germs from viruses and infections inside the office.
This will keep your employees healthier, leading them to take fewer days off.
Head of Training and Development
Updated on: 18 May, 2016
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