If you run a successful business you’ll think differently than most people. You’ll care more about optimisation than anything else. You know even the smallest changes in the way your business is run has the potential to make you lots of money. It’s why a lot of business owners have their head in the books all the time.
Have you ever tried to think outside the box before? If you have lots of employees the environment is always going to come in second place, but there are ways to build a greener office that saves you money. Even if it will only improve your profits a little it’s worth protecting the environment, so let’s look at how you can do it.
Take Advantage Of Google
I don’t know if you’re doing this already, but you need to start taking advantage of Google. The amount of cloud software they provide for businesses is staggering. Various employees can even collaborate on projects at the same time.
This is what they were talking about years ago when they mentioned the paperless office. Although it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to get rid of all the paper, you’ll spend a lot less on it each year.
Refilling Your Printer Cartridges
Once you throw a printer cartridge away it doesn’t magically disappear. It’s made of plastic and can take hundreds of years to deteriorate. Ink and toner could possibly leak into the soil or water too.
The easiest way to solve that issue instantly is by not throwing them away. Start using refillable printer cartridges and you’ll save a lot of money every month if you use the printer all the time.
Painting With Low-VOC Paint
If there is one thing we know about paint it’s that there are lots of unhealthy chemicals in it. Even when your walls are dry employees will still breathe in fumes, which could cause them to take days off over the years.
It’s a shame because one day you’ll want to refurbish your office, which will involve painting the walls. An easy solution is to use low-VOC paint instead, which is much healthier and better for the environment.
Purchase Secondhand Furniture
When your company grows and you need new furniture don’t buy anything that’s brand new. You’ll save tons of money if you buy it secondhand, which isn’t as terrible as it sounds and employees won’t really notice the difference.
You’ve got to understand how selling secondhand furniture works. Nobody is going to sell anything they don’t deem good enough. Perhaps they’ll even refurbish it first, so it’s the best route to go down.
Plant Some Trees Outside
This will only work if your office is on the ground floor, but you should plant a few mature trees outside. It’s one of the most environmentally-friendly things you’ll be able to do while saving money.
The trick is to place them outside near the windows to limit the amount of sunlight that gets through. When it’s hot outside there will be no need to turn the air conditioning up to keep everyone comfortable.
Energy Star Water Coolers
We just mentioned keeping employees comfortable, which is a nicer way employers can say keeping them productive. If nobody is working efficiently it’s the biggest way a business is going to lose money.
It’s why nearly every office you’ll walk into will have a water cooler. Think about replacing any you currently have with Energy Star models if you don’t have them already because they use 40 percent less energy.
Improving The Air Quality
The air quality inside any office is crucial if employees are going to stay both healthy and productive. Although there are a few ways to improve it there are a couple of easy things to implement now.
First of all, make sure you’ve got plants in your office capable of cleaning the air. Tell your cleaners to stop using products with nasty chemicals in them too, because there are eco-friendly alternatives.
It’s Only The Beginning
Hopefully you will eventually test out everything on the list, but it’s only the beginning. Try your hardest to turn your office into an eco-friendly place over the next few years because it’s not hard. It just takes a bit of time as there is hundreds of things you can do.