If we all resolve to work just a little harder in the coming year, we can see substantial movement towards a greener future. Carrying that attitude from home to your place of business will compound the benefits.
But let’s look at the numbers on those annual resolutions:
One in five people who make resolutions don’t keep them? Perhaps that’s because they have unrealistic ideas about what they are really going to be able to do. So let’s look for small starts to a Greenified way to do business.
Start by checking your lights around the office. Identify frequently used light fixtures that use incandescent bulbs; order fluorescent replacements bulbs. You may think you need to do this over the course of time, but the longer you wait, the longer you pay higher utility bills.
Check the temperature on your water-heater. Many businesses only offer cold water in their restrooms. (In addition, they often provide lotion, because cold water and soap can have nasty effects on hands.) At the very least, you’ll want to reduce the setting to 120°F (typically the “warm” setting; or halfway between the low and medium settings), if it is not already set to that temperature.
During the heating season, check the thermostat. You may wish to set the thermostat lower, especially at night or when rooms are unoccupied. During the cooling season, set the temperatures higher. If you have a programmable thermostat you can automate the daily settings.
Switch off TVs, computers, lights, etc. that are not being used and unplug items on “standby” (that use electricity even when not being used) , including TVs, video and audio systems, computers, and chargers (for cell-phones and other electronic equipment).
These simple steps can save money and make your business a greener place to be in 2009.