You’ve probably heard a lot about how adopting green practices can save your business money. But did you ever realize how much your bottom line can be affected?
The Green Business Bureau has come up with some specific estimates and – when combined – the cost savings are substantial. Check this out:
- Schedule an annual energy audit with your local utility and they’ll show you ways to save on energy use, office equipment and work processes.
Annual savings per employee: $170
- Adjust the temperature of your thermostat. During the fall and winter set your thermostat to 68 rather than 72 or higher.
Annual savings per employee: $25
During warmer months, set your thermostat temperature at 74 instead of 68.
Annual savings per employee: $41
- Allow your office computers to hibernate after 30 minutes of inactivity and have your monitors sleep after five to 20 minutes.
Annual savings per employee: $178
Use power strips to shut down your equipment.
Annual savings per employee: $45
- Replace traditional bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs that last 10 times longer while using 75 percent less energy.
Annual savings per employee: $125
- Switch from buying bottled water to providing a water cooler.
Annual savings per employee: $409
- Switch from paper cups to ceramic mugs.
Annual savings per employee: $75
- Reduce paper use by 50 percent. This will enable you to reduce printing, filing and managing paperwork.
Annual savings per employee: $466
- Recycle your old cell phones. Send them – along with electronic devices – to a recycling service that will pays from 50 cents to $30 per phone depending on the make and model.
Annual savings per employee: $70
Do the math and you’ll see that these easy-to-implement green suggestions add up to a total of $1604 of potential annual savings per employee. If you haven’t already put them into practice, what are you waiting for?
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