It’s easy to recycle from the comfort of your own home. When you’re in your place of employment, however, green living can be a challenge. Here are just a few ways to do your part for the environment even when you’re on someone else’s time.
1. Unplug Your Electronics
Before you go home at the end of the day, unplug your computers, printers, scanners, shredders and copiers. They use energy whenever they’re plugged in; it doesn’t matter if they’re actually running or not. You can save a lot of power by simply pulling the plug overnight.
2. Change Your Commute
Take the bus. Ride a bike. Start a carpool with others in your neighborhood. Your car is responsible for a lot of emissions, so if you’re willing to change your commute even just a few days a week, you’ll cut down on greenhouse gases substantially. Float around the idea during your next coffee break and see who bites.
3. Change Your Utility Company
If you’re a boss, manager, supervisor or someone else with influence in your workplace, consider switching your utility plan to an eco-friendly company. Not only will you be helping Mother Earth, but you’ll be helping your brand’s bottom line, too. Check out sites like DirectEnergyRates.net to learn more.
4. Replace Your Appliances
The next time the fridge stops working in the break room, don’t send away for something out of the company catalogue. Push to replace it with an energy-efficient model instead. With the heavy amount it gets used by all employees, it’s worth the investment.
5. Switch Out Your Light Bulbs
Say goodbye to energy-sucking halogen bulbs. Compact florescent lights (CFLs) are the wave of the future. In addition to using less than half of the energy of regular bulbs, they’re also brighter and longer-lasting, and that can only help your company in the long run.
6. Start Recycling
Last but certainly not least, institute a recycling program in your office. You can get everyone started by offering recycling bins next to regular garbage cans. You might be surprised by how many people are willing to recycle when the means are already there!
These are just a few tips for being eco-friendly at work. As you can see, not all of them are big, life-altering changes; sometimes protecting the environment can be as simple as carpooling with a friend every other Tuesday.