There is certainly a lot of discussion lately about “going green.” As a business owner, taking steps to reduce waste in your commercial space in Boston’s Metro area not only helps the environment, but can save your business money as well. It’s easier than you may think to implement some green strategies within your company. Here are some simple ways to get started!
Recycle Old Electronics
You’ve updated your office technology, but what should you do with those old computers? According to the EPA, only 18% of e-waste is actually recycled. You may not know that old electronics can contain toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and arsenic. Before you toss those old computers in the dumpster, check with your town, city, or county. Many areas have recycling for electronics – dropping them off at a designated site ensures that they will be disposed of properly.
Switch Out Your Light Bulbs
Lighting costs account for approximately 35% of energy usage in offices. Replace old incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs – they use 66% less energy and can last 13 times longer!
Put Your Computers to Sleep
Here’s an amazing statistic: putting just one computer to sleep in your office can prevent approximately 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions each year! Putting computers in sleep mode also means that they use less energy, which translates into lower utility bills.
Of course, face-to-face meetings are sometimes necessary. Utilizing teleconferencing, however, is a great way to help your business save on fuel and other travel costs. This is especially helpful for businesses with multiple office locations – instead of traveling between locations, hold meetings via Skype or another teleconferencing service whenever possible. “Google Hangouts” is ideal for small online meetings!
Get Employees Involved
Sustainability in business is a daily commitment. Involve your employees by forming a team that will meet to come up with new green strategies. Implement their best suggestions, and reward them when their ideas turn into results.
As your commercial real estate agent in Boston’s Metro area, I enjoy passing along information to business owners, commercial property owners and investors. If you need information about commercial real estate in the Boston Metro area, I would be happy to help you!
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