With so many products and services to choose from, it has never been more important to differentiate yourself from the competition. Going green is a great way to stand out, but even if your actions don’t land you on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies list, going green can help your bottom line. The following are some simple steps you and your company can take today to save money and decrease its impact on the planet.
- Switch to post-consumer waste (PCW) paper, paper products, and packaging. Whenever possible, skip paper entirely, but if you have to print, make sure you are using eco-friendly paper.
- Use biodegradable cleaners. Using natural, biodegradable cleaning products reduces your exposure to harsh toxins and other chemicals, and reduces the introduction of these substances into the environment.
- Green Your Beauty Routine. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database is an amazing resource for finding non-toxic options for ever part of your personal routine.
- Use compact-fluorescent (CFL) or LED lights. Though CFL and LED lights both have a higher purchase price than standard incandescent bulbs, they last significantly longer and use much less energy.
- Replace outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Energy Star appliances have labels helping you asses their energy (and cash) requirements over time.
- Get an energy audit and make simple changes around your office and house. According to the department of energy, sealing leaks and cracks in your home can cut up to 20% off the costs of your heating and cooling bills.
- Power your office with alternative energy. In many areas of the country you can sign up to purchase “green power” from your current utility provider.
- Use public transportation, drive an alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles, or bike. Any of these three methods of transportation will reduce the carbon footprint of your business and highlight your environmental commitment.
- Recycle outside the box. In addition to recycling everything that can be recycled, think green when buying or replacing items.
- Utilize green web hosting. Green web hosts are companies that take part in a variety of activities, such as using renewable energy, planting trees, or buying carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates to reduce or mitigate the environmental cost of running their servers and infrastructure.
View this article by Forbes for more information on these 10 ways to green your business and save money.
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