Ways to Make Your Business Eco-Friendly

People are becoming more conscious of the effect of global warming and are thus finding ways to help in preserving the environment. Even companies in various fields do their share by going green. If your business has not adopted some measures or strategies to become more eco-friendly yet, it’s time that you consider this step.

Ways to Make Your Business Eco-Friendly

There are several benefits that you can get, including the following:

  • Do your part in saving the environment.
  • Improve your brand as more clients prefer businesses that support a good cause.
  • Attract the right employees as they also tend to choose companies that care for the environment.
  • Save cost as some eco-friendly things are also money-saving.

With all the benefits that you can get from going green, you might feel more motivated and inspired to take the step in going in this direction. Here are ways to make your company eco-friendly.

1. Be mindful of your heating/cooling and lighting

Heating and lighting are some of the essential elements in the workplace. Naturally, employees need proper lighting and the right temperature to work efficiently and comfortably. Instead of the typical lightbulbs, use LED lights to consume lower energy.

Keep heating or cooling temperature at average levels, so the system would not work too hard in achieving the temperature if you set it too low. Insulate the office too, so it will be easier to keep the set temperature longer.

2. Use solar panels

Commercial solar panel installation will save you money in the long run, as it will dramatically cut your electric bill. It may even make your company independent from the grid if it generates enough energy. Moreover, if you create more than you need, you can contribute to the grid and get rebates.

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The initial cost may be high, but as long as you choose a reputable company to install the panels, you will see a return on your investment. Plus, since the sun is your energy source, it will decrease the need to produce energy through the burning of coals, which largely contribute to global warming.

3. Go paperless

Going paperless is also one way of reducing carbon footprints because it decreases the need to use materials like trees for making paper. Moreover, the energy used in papermaking also uses power from the grid, which leads back to the burning of coal that generate harmful gases.

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It may be a challenge to go paperless but do it as much as you can for the sake of going green. For instance, you may use digital documents and send emails instead of using printed letters.

4. Encourage carpooling

Motivate employees to participate in your drive to go green. Encourage them to carpool, walk, or bike to work to lessen the pollution and the carbon dioxide emission from cars. Give rewards to those who participate to push them further to do their part in going green.

5. Promote recycling

Place recycling bins in various areas of the workplace for employees to use. Post reminders about it, too.

It’s never too late for your company to go green. So start now and help save the environment while enjoying all the other benefits it brings.

About Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of EcoMENA, and an international consultant, advisor, ecopreneur and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biomass energy, biogas, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management. He has participated in numerous conferences and workshops as chairman, session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is the Editor-in-Chief of EcoMENA, and is a professional environmental writer with more than 300 popular articles to his credit. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability in different parts of the world. Salman Zafar can be reached at salman@ecomena.org or salman@bioenergyconsult.com
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