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Businesses are having a tough time of it; every little bit of money saved could be the difference between a promotion and waving goodbye to your buddy at the office. Coming up with ways to cut your office budget may get on your boss’s good side, but thinking of ways to trim the costs while going green? That’s just good practice.
Everyone knows green business is smart business, but even if your environmental efforts don’t land you that dream promotion, a green office is a huge money saver. For those looking to safeguard savings while conserving the world’s natural resources, we have listed some money saving tips you and your company can take to help your bottom line flourish.
- Switch off equipment when not in use
Despite moves by suppliers to reduce the power consumption of IT equipment, energy costs are still a major drain for many companies. It seems that some individuals are more cost-conscious than others who leave their monitors turned on during weekends and holidays. Computers and monitors account for half of the electricity being wasted every day, even when using ‘energy saving’ software.
With every monitor on energy saving mode the electricity meter continues to tick over at an alarming rate. So if you’re looking at greening the office, make sure you switch off all printers, monitors, scanners, microwaves, lights, vending machines and more before leaving the office.
- Green the meeting rooms
Whether your co-workers are the kind to sneak out at dinner to snack on candy from the meeting rooms or down litres of coffee throughout the day (or, like some people you may work with, both), greening your meeting rooms can save you money and resources.
When treating your co-workers to a selection of sweets during a heated meeting, try buying items in bulk instead of individually-wrapped servings. Every business has countless plastic cup supplies that are used and cast aside on a daily basis. Cut back on paper cups by suggesting people bring a mug from home, and find a tea that everyone can enjoy and keep alternating flavours every week.
- Energy efficient workspace
If your office is set to move or is overdue a renovation project, there’s no better time to suggest implementing larger green changes, like solar panels and carefully placed windows and skylights that use natural light instead of artificial.
For those looking to make smaller changes to your office’s appearance, take note. Choose furniture made of recycled materials and low-VOC paint for the walls. It might seem like a lot of leg work for such a small price, but long term it could save you a bundle of money to be used elsewhere to increase productivity.
- Work from home
This one may shock you, but the most effective way to cut back on office costs is to send employees home. The additional maintenance costs go down, while email and teleconferencing (both of which are free) make it easy to communicate. It obviously wouldn’t be cost effective to send your whole workforce home – the business is sure to fall apart. Try to propose a rotating system to ensure all workers are given the opportunity to work from home monthly. But once you’re away from the office remember to keep the same green values in place to save money at home.
- Cut back on supplies
Try setting up a dedicated area for the hole-punch, staples, rulers, envelopes, and binders – and then return anything reusable to the area when you’ve finished. Organising your desk space not only does wonders for productivity, but will save on purchasing a new pen, ruler or notebook every time you misplace your existing one.
Trimming your paper usage is also another great way to save money – those reams of paper don’t come cheap! This is where Choice Stationary Supplies can help with offers on an exclusive range of items from our price promise collection, like inkjets and toners, perfect for a businesses in need of a greener approach to office equipment.
Going green benefits both your business and the environment. Best of all, it will increase productivity and efficiency as you set an example for customers and employees. No matter which of these steps you have taken, make sure to shout about it by creating an environmental mission statement using our lowest priced office essentials.