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- 04th April 2013
Making your office space environmentally friendly
Anyone who works in an office will understand that making the building more environmentally friendly can be something of a challenge. It requires the co-operation of everyone who works there in order to make it a greener space and not all are interested in environmental issues. However, once everyone is in agreement there are a number of changes that can be made easily which will not adversely impact on working practices.
Be energy efficient
Offices are notorious places for energy consumption. Anyone who works in a room full of computers will know that a large number of electrical appliances will send energy bills soaring, along with the company’s carbon footprint. Simply asking people to be aware of how much power they are using is a good place to start. Switching off monitors and computers at the end of the day rather than leaving them to go to standby will make a measurable difference. Fit energy efficient light bulbs and ensure that lights are not left on in rooms that are not being used.
Upgrading insulation is another simple method of improving energy efficiency. There are many people who have the misfortune to work in offices that have poor insulation, so adding features such as window shutters like this one will improve thermal efficiency in addition to being a feature that will make the room seem less like a workplace and more of a friendly and relaxing environment.
A high percentage of companies are now promoting the concept of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle,’ but there are many things that can be recycled that may not be immediately obvious. All kinds of plastic and paper can now be recycled and installing recycling bins around the office will encourage colleagues to do just that. Purchasing recycled items, such as printer paper and paper towels will add to the environmentally friendly commitment.
Look out for items such as ink cartridges that can be refilled. Recycling can be applied to any industry and it is a good idea to check with local waste disposal companies to see exactly what they will be prepared to take away. This process may cost a little money, but it is well worth the additional cost, as it will soon become clear just how much recycling is being done.
Allowing staff to work from home, at least part time, can be a good way to help save the environment by reducing traffic, but this is not always possible or practical. Encouraging a car-sharing scheme will also help to achieve reductions in emissions and the production of carbon. Some companies have opted to offer prizes and incentives for those who choose alternative methods of transport, such as walking or cycling.
It only takes a little effort on the part of all those in the office to make it a greener place and the benefits will be far-reaching. Companies taking sustainability seriously are more now more likely to be considered for tenders and contracts as environmental awareness increases. Spending a little extra on improving green credentials is sure to be money well spent.
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