Taking care of the environment is everyone’s responsibility–including home based business owners. Don’t use the excuse that you are a small business owner so you can’t afford to be green. There are a number of ways that you can show your concern for the environment.
Energy consumption is one of the major ways that the environment is damaged. It is also one of the easiest things to cut. Most people think about actual appliances like air conditioners but few people think about office equipment and the appliance inside of them. However it is these forgotten office equipment pieces that suck up unnecessary energy.
As the country tries to move towards more energy saving procedure there are a few easy steps you can take to do your part. A great number of businesses are starting to use equipment that is ENERGY STAR qualified. These pieces are more efficient because office equipment can draw a great amount of energy that is does not need. If you can not afford to upgrade right now, when you get replacement printers, computers, monitors or copies, you should try to buy ENREGY STAR products.
There are other small steps you can take to save energy in your office. One of them is simply turning off the equipment at night. If your computer has power management software take the time to activate it. Also print on both sides of the paper whenever necessary.
Recycling is a must. Shred important documents are recycle the shreds. Also make sure that you recycle electronic equipment such as printer parts and take computer parts to the appropriate places to have them disposed of.
If you have small appliances like a refrigerator in your home office, go for ENERGY STAR products. Also make sure that the door is closed whenever you are not in it. Be on the lookout for any cracks in the door seals.
E-mail as much as you can. Although some things have to be sent through snail mail, most things, these days, can be e-mailed. Take advantage of this and save a good amount of trees in the meantime. Business cards are nice but have as many people as possible visit your website instead.
Invest in compact fluorescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are inefficient and use so much more power than fluorescent ones. Reduce the air conditioning usage by keeping the blinds or curtains pulled on hot days. The air conditioning may still kick on but it won’t stay on as long.
When you are not using your computer leave it in sleep mode. Only turn the computer off when you are done with it for the day. Computer use more energy to reboot than they do when they are in the hibernation mode. At the end of the day turn off the computer and unplug it to save energy.
Once you have your home based business office set up you should get an office energy audit. This will help you figure out where you are wasting energy and how you can save more. Remember the more energy you save, the more money you save.
Author: Dustin Cannon is a successful entrepreneur, Internet marketing consultant, husband and father. He enjoys helping others learn to work from home, martial arts and spending time with his family.