Tips to make your work environment more eco-friendly

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Creating an eco-friendly office means playing your part to reduce your carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the environment.

From recycling all your office’s waste paper, to using heating timers and saving power, there are lots of things you can do to ‘go green’.

By cutting back on energy consumption, the amount of fossil fuels that are burned each day is reduced. Even a small change can make a mammoth difference.

Read on to discover how you can create an environmentally-friendly office.

How can I create an eco-friendly office?

Going green doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune – in fact, by making small changes, you can save a fortune. Here are a few things you could do:

Switch off electrical appliances

This is the easiest thing you can do if your business needs to save money on energy costs. It sounds obvious but offices tend to run so many devices at once.

By remembering to turn off electrical devices at the socket rather than leaving them in stand-by mode, you can save yourself around £30 a year. If you’re a new business owner or an SME, even a small saving each year can make a difference.

Ensuring you get rid of any light fittings that still use traditional incandescent bulbs is also a good idea as LED bulbs help save much more money on energy bills in the long-term.

Change computer and printer settings

There are small changes you can make which will reduce your business energy bills. Turning down the brightness of your monitor to 70 per cent can save up to 20 per cent of the energy used by your computer.

Another great idea is to use duplex printing to print double sided, and save the amount of paper used in your office by 50 per cent. The Lexmark printer model MS517dn and the HP printer model M477fdw offer this option and are great for reducing energy consumption.

Recycle

As a business, you should make a conscious decision to recycle waste in your office. Over a week, you’d be surprised by how much stuff goes in the general waste bin when it could be recycled. Everything from drinks cans to plastic milk bottles, and paper can go in designated bins to be recycled.

You may not be aware that you can recycle printer ink cartridges, saving more plastic from being thrown into landfill. Lexmark UK’s cartridge collection programme allows consumers to bring back their empty cartridges for sustainable recycling.

Regulate the temperature

You may have cold colleagues but do you really need the heating on all day long? In our homes, a quarter of the energy we use is for heating. Simply turning the office thermostat down by 1 degree Celsius, would slash heating bills by 10 per cent a year. If it’s cold, encourage staff to bring extra layers of clothing, rather than use individual portable heaters, which can be very costly.

You should also ensure that doors are closed when it’s cold and use draft excluders to discourage that pesky cold air from creeping in.

When it’s warm, open windows rather than using air conditioning and ensure heating timers are switched off.

Munch your own lunch

Avoid buying meals out in plastic or polystyrene containers as they cannot yet be recycled and will end up on a landfill site. If you buy a coffee, most high street chains will happily fill a travel cup if you take one along.

Bringing your own lunch in a box you can use every day, is much more environmentally-friendly than buying fast food, plus you’ll save on queueing time.

Hopefully you have learned some of the benefits of becoming eco-friendly and are thinking about implementing some changes to make your office ‘green’. Making small changes will make a positive difference for future generations. If you would like assistance to find a suitable eco-friendly office printer, contact a team of experts.

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