Unless you live under a rock, you are surely aware that global warming has become a growing concern all around the world. The proof is right before our eyes in the daily news: heat waves, drought, freak storms, polar ice caps melting, etc. Most of us are not scientists who can find a magic remedy for global warming reversal, but there are some smaller things each of us can all do to shrink our carbon footprints in an effort to make a difference. The same can be said for your small business website and the environment in which you run day-to-day operations.
While everyday should be treated as Earth Day, we here at Webs.com are observing the official Earth Day 2012 with some tips for “greening” your small business. Some of these may be more ambitious than others, but every little bit helps in preserving our planet, and your small business can help make a contribution for the good of things.
- Recycle, recycle, recycle. As a kid, you may have collected bottles and cans hoping to make a quarter or two, but these days recycling has become a part of everyday life. Your small business can make a difference simply by recycling paper, ink cartridges, bottles and cans.
- Use recycled products. Using productsmade of recycled materials for your small business supports recycling efforts and continues to keep our landfills from overflowing.
- Drink filtered water. Install a filter on a regular water tap or use water pitchers with filters instead of drinking from small water bottles. If you still want to use small water bottles, make sure to recycle them when emptied. Another option is to employ the services of a water cooler company that recycles their large water jugs.
- Energy Star. Reduce the electricity usage of your small business by getting Energy Star products, like computers and appliances. Learn more about the Energy Star program by visiting www.energystar.gov.
- Sleeping computers. Taking the time to power-up a computer every morning can be a pain, thus many people simply leave them on 24/7. Your small business should make a policy of setting all computers to auto-sleep mode. Logging back on will be quick and the energy wasted will be greatly reduced.
- Alternative energy. If feasible, your small business can consider other energy options, such as wind or solar power.
- Telecommuting. Consider allowing the employees of your small business to telecommute a few times a week. This will reduce your energy usage and cut back on exhaust emissions created by the driving commute to the office.
- Teleconferencing. In another attempt to reduce exhaust emissions, consider conducting meetings via phone calls or video chats instead of traveling to another site. This would also eliminate the time spent en route, thus allowing more time for productivity in the office of your small business.
- Electronic communication. Lean on your email system for communicating with your customer base.There is no need for a small business to use snail mail to communicate, wasting paper that is often discarded in a receptacle not intended for recycling.
- Don’t leave the light on. We have all seen buildings illuminated at night, and what a sight they make. But that sight is also wasted energy, as most of those lit windows belong to an empty room. Last person out — turn off the lights.
These are just a small handful of things you can do to make your small business green. A simple web search can produce a myriad of green tips for making this a healthier planet. Being green is not just an individual effort… your small business and those involved with it can band together and collectively reduce your global footprint.
What do you plan to do this Earth Day?